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Lighten Up, Dude!

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Christmas lights always make us feel warm and fuzzy, and we wish we could decorate our houses like fairy castles all year round. Well, today on Morning Living, we asked our listeners to tell us all the neat, out-of-the-box ways they use twinkle lights to bring a lick of sparkle to their lives. Here are some of our listener's nifty ways to light up your holidays:

Beth in North Carolina:

Decorates the bare trees in her yard my creating orbs made from grape vines and string lights... a vintage idea torn from the pages of Martha's very first Holiday book!

Theresa in Texas:

Takes a mason jar and fills it with a string of lights but leaves the plug out. Then she takes her favorite potpourri and fills up the jar around the light. When you turn on the lights, the heat from the bulbs energize the potpourri and fills her house with delicious smells!

Brenda in Iowa:

Lays down sheets of lights, that people normally use for covering bushes, in her flower beds to create a warming glow under her blooms year-round!

Heather in Kentucky:

Ties fabric scraps to long strings of lights to make what she calls Country Garlands.

Judy in Missouri:

Lights up a dark corner of her kitchen by taking an empty wine bottle and filling it with tiny lights. Judy keeps hers on the kitchen counter and says she uses it all year!

Pat in California:

Decorates her golf cart with long string lights for a nighttime ride.

Deen in Arkasas:

Fills an empty crystal champagne bucket with string lights and tops it off with some pine cones for an autumnal light display.

We know you'v got some great ideas up your sleeve, so let us know and leave it in the comments section below!

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Comments (2)

  • I always add clear lights under and around the holiday greenery I add to my outdoor pots, tucking it in so that the wires are not visible - it adds a warm and welcoming glow. I have also added strings of lights to the boxwood leading to the front door of our other home, putting on rubber gloves to tuck the wires in among the branches. It's a pain to do, but the bushes look so much better than they would if I had just draped the lights over them.

  • nice

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