6 ways to use strings of twinkle lights all year long #Do It Yourself#crafts#decor#dorms#lighting#no damage decor#patios#porches/balconies#twinkle lights March 26 2012 | Cat Rocketship Hands up: how many Homies have a cadre of Christmas lights boxed up somewhere? Sounds like you have some project ideas to brainstorm this weekend — especially if you're living in a dorm. These projects SCREAM "battling bland." Source: poppytalk.blogspot.com via Veronica on Pinterest THIS IS THE BEST. This is happening, somewhere in my house, this weekend. Source: flickr.com via Tara on Pinterest I like the lit-up tree version, too. Source: Uploaded by user via Susan on Pinterest Related Post How to craft pinwheel flowers that make your walls pop Craft your own handmade paper flowers with Sandy's illustrative step-by-step photographs and simple instructions. These flowers are large, colorful, and add a bright highlight to... Read more You could draw a big raincloud and embellish it with a few strings. Source: etsy.com via Beth on Pinterest Or design a felt pattern and make a customizable set of lights that's evergreen AND seasonal! Source: crafts-for-all-seasons.com via Martha on Pinterest If you made a few strings of these bottle-lantern lights (using floral tape to attach bottles and fortify the string) your patio or balcony would have a lovely glow. Source: allthingslabyrinth.com via Jeannie on Pinterest And for garden parties this summer: use a couple strings of lights and some garden stakes to build a backyard light labyrinth. Finding examples of ways to use holiday lights got my mind making lists. How about you? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Everything's growing in this week's reader photos NEXT Odd parent out: how it feels when your kid isn't anything like you at all Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] Hubs just put the ones from our wedding back up under the patio! It was perfect weather last night for enjoying them and sitting out there! Maybe we'll have to try these when we bring them in for the winter! 2 agree Reply The first one reminds me of a quote from a movie: "Why did you let an architect write 'cuisine' on the kitchen wall? It's silly—I know it's the kitchen." I literally laughed outloud with glee here in my office. I am gonna do this, hardcore! Reply We really only have icky florescent lights in our house. During the day, our giant windows let in tons of light, but at night, it's not so nice. For a new years eve party, we just strung a string up around the perimeter of the living room and kitchen. It was so awesome we left it up year round. It's enough light to mostly see by (not quite enough to comfortably read by, but enough with one small other light.), and a really nice quality of light. Reply Both my parents and my in-laws have some as patio lights. They are perfect for sitting outside on nice nights. We also had some at our last apartment in the arch separating the entry-way from the living room. We used them like a night light so we wouldn't trip over shoes when coming home late at night. One thing I recommend though, is using the newer LED lights instead of the older incandescent kind. The older ones use a lot of electricity and can overheat easily, especially if you use a lot of them. The LEDs don't have that problem. 1 agrees Reply We have some white Christmas lights tacked in rows to the back of our headboard. Plug them in for instant indirect Mood Lighting. Reply I wear a set of twinkling garland lights when I walk to work in the dark at 5:30am. I slip the battery pack in my pocket, wrap the garland around my waist and tuck the end into my knit cap. Cost me $4, much cheaper than the safety lights I've seen at sporting and bike stores for 30 bucks. I'm very easy to spot; everyone honks at the crazy person twinkling like a Christmas tree. 18 agree Reply This is hilarious and awesome. Thinking outside the box! 🙂 5 agree Reply oh if the parents at school didn't think our family strange enough – wait until we're all walking home from an evening activity covered in twinkle lights ! AMAZING idea – especially in our small village where the council took the street lights out as they were too expensive o.O Reply Our dining room didn't have any overhead lighting when we moved into the house, but it did have a couple of lovely beams, so my husband put up Christmas lights (pardon the messy table): http://www.flickr.com/photos/53662152@N05/5349453813/ It actually lights the room fairly well. 🙂 6 agree Reply Ohhhhhhh pretty dining room!!! 1 agrees Reply My first tiny apartment had a galley kitchen with no undercabinet lighting, and I was always in my own light while I cooked. One year it finally occurred to me to tack a strand of lights to the underside of the cabinets. My weird little one-wall kitchen suddenly looked charming! 2 agree Reply oh my goodness… my hubby just *installed* a hammock mammoth in the backyard…and he bought the cutest little solar lights…talk about a fun way to keep using those lights. I love it. 🙂 I should use some of these ideas in my house. I have enough shelving around i could pull somthing off. 🙂 yay. Reply sidenote: pic #1….ahahah! "freelance aint free" DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG! yea. 1 agrees Reply I now desperately wish I had a yard so i could have a twinkle light maze. Reply I just found this article and none of the picture links work anymore. 🙁 did anyone happen to save them somewhere? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.