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
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
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
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
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
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.
All I want for Christmas is some extreme holiday bokeh! Though not always easy to capture (here’s some tips), when one gets it right, string lights are simple some of the most amazing things to place (or not!) in one’s depth of field.
Gizmodo has assembled 107 beautiful photos of the phenomenon.