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Fun with Christmas Lights

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Fun with Christmas Lights

Who doesn’t like holiday lights? Those little twinklers convey such an easy to come by sense of magic and seasonal enchantment. Here are a number of fun projects we’ve featured over the years to help inspire some of your own ideas for making strings of lights, augmenting your lights with crafty projects, and keeping your lights on.

Paper Stars for Christmas Lights

4165470957_105c54e8b4_oMake: contributor Ben Light shows you how to turn lowly manila envelopes into lovely stars to be added to strings of Christmas lights.

Light-Up Christmas Presents

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On this episode of DIY Hacks and How-To’s, Jason Poel Smith shows you how to create wonderful under-tree magic with light-up Christmas presents that use induction power to stay illuminated.

A Dragon Made from 12,000 Christmas Lights

sandmandragons1After coming home from a Burning Man, this maker was inspired to create a 25′ dragon comprised of 12,000 holiday lights.

How-To: Candy Lights

candy_lights_oh_happy_dayHere’s a project that turns your strings of lights into strings of colorful, holiday hard candy.

Jumbo Styrofoam Sequined Christmas Lights

100_7628In this craft project, Andi of Jane of All Crafts uses balls of Styrofoam and sequin trim to create strings of colorful, sequined Christmas faux-lights.

Battery-Powered Christmas Lights

xmasbikeCheck out this informative write-up on how to use holiday lights with battery power. It was written primarily for the incandescent-based lights, but LED strings will work even better than bulbed ones.

Christmas Lights from Camping

xmaslightscampingWant to make your camping experience a little more festive? This piece on Christmas tree lights for camping is not really about holiday decorating your pup tent, it’s about using cheap strings of battery-powered lights as an alternative light source for camping.

Troubleshooting Dead Light Strings

picture-2John Graham-Cumming, of Geek Atlas fame, asks the musical question “Why do Christmas lights all go out when one bulb blows?” (the old-school in-series non-LED variety). He then shows you ye ol’ nerd-friendly “binary chop” technique for quickly rooting out the dead bulb.

How-To: Repair Christmas Lights

lights1bAnother useful tutorial on how to troubleshoot and fix strings of Christmas lights.

Making Your Own Custom Light Strings

christmas_light_chklist_-_christmas-enthusiast-home011Save money and create exactly the custom light strings that you need following this simple guide. It’s easier than you think.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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