How to Turn Wire Baskets into a Fairy Light Globe

created at: 11/09/2011

Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a ‘purge’ earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn’t that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I’d need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got ’em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and some pliers. Continue Reading

Unbelievable Halloween Light Show

created at: 10/25/2011

If Clark Griswold saw this light installation, we just might get Halloween Vacation. How cool would that be?? Apparently the Riverside, CA family that this particular house belongs to have been doing it up for a few years now come trick-or-treat season. This time they feature “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. As for electricity consumed, the homeowner says they’ve changed from incandescent to RGB LED, which has helped considerably. Now take a look and be amazed. Continue Reading

Make It: Pumpkin Luminary

created at: 10/05/2011

It finally got below 100 degrees where I live (why do I live here?), and suddenly I have Fall Fever.  I was on the hunt for easy and inexpensive fall decor ideas and found this luminescent beauty, made completely out of materials found at your Dollar store or around the house.   Using twine, glue, and a balloon, Lisa at Recaptured Charm created a festive gourd to hold a small string of lights.  The result is a twinkly pumpkin, with lots of natural charm.  Continue Reading

Make a Set of Romantic Lacy Luminaries

Lacy luminaires wouldn’t ordinarily be my style, but when I saw the rustic burlap mixed with  doilies, I stopped dead in my tracks. The contrast of lace and burlap, a canning jar and pink satin ribbon…oh baby, I can’t resist that kind of craft. Over on  Crafts by Amanda you’ll see exactly how to put together these juxtaposed materials. Here’s all you need. Glass jars
Adhesive spray (like Elmer’s Craft Bond)
Doilies
Burlap
Twine, buttons, and/or ribbon

By the way, that Elmer’s Craft Bond is strong enough to use on upholstery projects. Continue Reading

Five Original Ways to Use String Lights

created at: 01/05/2011

Who doesn’t love the twinkle of string lights? They lend oodles of atmosphere to any environment.

Good News: String lights are on clearance right now! You can save some major cheese by stocking up right now. 

Bad News: When displayed plain and lonely, string lights tend to read a little too HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Or worse, WELCOME TO MY DORM ROOM.

Solution: Get creative. With the addition of a few inexpensive items you probably already have around the house, string lights open up dozens of doors of opportunity into the exciting world of accent lighting. Continue Reading

A DIY No-Cost, No-Tangle Light Storage Solution

The twelve days of Christmas is coming to an end (what are we on now? Ten lords a-leaping?), and your thoughts have no doubt turned from dancing sugarplums to taking down the decorations.

So, we thought we’d offer a bit of help. Here’s a free way to reuse some of that holiday waste, and keep your string lights in shape so they’re ready to go next year.To get the full how-to, check out this post from the Curbly archives.

Make Lovely Lacy Lights

Light Group

Kristy assures us we can whip up one of these lovely lacy lights in 5 minutes. The supplies? Minimal, just like we like it!

  • large jar(s)
  • an old lace table cloth (or lace yardage from the fabric store)
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • LED battery operated light(s)
  • sewing machine, thread, etc.

To see the entire tute (she has a great slideshow version posted) head on over to kootoyoo.com.

Via whipup.

Thrift Store Light Becomes a Sophisticated Paris Hanging Lamp

created at: 2010/01/29

Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.

created at: 2010/01/29

Who would have thunk it? Take a look at the step by step process.

Way to go Georgia!