Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas: Decorating Your Home in the Holiday Spirit

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:

string lights tree

Create a tree using a pole and string lights

Decorative Ornaments

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:

star string lights

Star shaped string lights

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.

Wit & Whistle

Paper origami and string lights

Outdoor icicle lights are also another style that can easily be bought on Amazon here

icicle string lights

Icicle string lights make for great outdoor Christmas decorations

Weaving String Lights To Create Decorations

You can use string lights to create your own decorative statues and sculptures:

reindeer statue

Wrapping string lights around this reindeer set found on amazon, will create lighted reindeer statues at night

Christmas lights

Use string lights to create different shapes around the house

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.

DIY snow flake lights

DIY snow flake lights using rope lights

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:

santa lights


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.

green tree

image credits: bossco, Knowsphotos, Barbara, daryl, the justified


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