Spread the Christmas spirit by lighting up your house with holiday lights for the whole neighborhood to see. Below you’ll find a range of different outdoor Christmas lighting ideas, a lot of them are quite simple to set up. You’ll be surprised by the number of ways simple string lights can be used to decorate a house during Christmas.
The Power of Outdoor String Lights
They are cheap, they are flexible and they can be used for a whole host of Christmas lighting ideas. You can find them in the traditional green and red versions, or if you want to create a more modern look then experiment with white and other colored string lights. Here are a few ideas to try out:
A Tree Made Out of Lights
You can create your own tree out of tree lights. Erect a pole and attach string lights to the top of the pole, fan them out and stake the other ends into the ground to create a tree, like in the pictures below:
There are so many different kinds of string lights. The common ones are the tiny little light bulbs, but you can find ones that have star shapes, snowman, and snowflake ornamental shades:
Or you can create your own shapes using LED string lights and paper origami techniques which can be found here: DIY Lighting: Paper Origami and Outdoor String Lights.
Outdoor icicle lights are also another style that can easily be bought on Amazon here
Weaving String Lights To Create Decorations
You can use string lights to create your own decorative statues and sculptures:
Other String Lighting Ideas
Red and Green string lights can be used to create:
- A curtain of lighting (hang a number of string lights side by side)
- A starry night (hang a number of small string lights side by side overhead from a wall, tree, fence, etc.)
- Create elegant wine bottle lamps (have a look here for a DIY guide)
- String lights can also be woven into garlands to light them up at night.
DIY Christmas Lighting Ideas Using Rope Lights
Rope lights are tiny LED lights that are encased within a plastic tube. Because these tubes are flexible they can be bent and shaped around corners and edges, and even used to create shapes and words.
2 Christmas DIY Projects Using Rope Lights
Snow Flake Lights: All you need to make these snowflake lights: rope lights, a paper template, zip ties, and ribbon. You can find the step by step instructions here.
Christmas Joy: Use rope or string lights to spell something out (put up a mesh fence where you can weave the lights to create the letters), or you can buy them ready made.
Christmas Light Structures
There are a number of readymade lighted Christmas decorations such as the Santa sleigh below to choose from, others include snowmen, stars, etc:
Lighting Areas Of The Garden With Red and Green Lights
Other outdoor holiday lighting ideas include lighting up areas in the garden with colored lights:
- You can light trees in the garden with red and green lights (place and uplight at the base of the tree or wrap string lights around it)
- Bushes and the walls of the house are other areas that can be lit up.