Get Your Christmas Lights Ready for Spring

Flower Lights

A strand of colored lights adds something magical to frozen gutters and chilly dorms before Christmas.

But a few months later, spring fever takes hold, and Christmas lights are out of place. They belong to the season we’re so glad is ending!

Flower Lights

I hated to take my lights down, because the walls were pretty bare without them. But I also hated my room looking like December when I was ready for spring.

Fortunately, I discovered some possibilities for using Christmas lights to decorate more creatively.

Flower Lights

You can use fake flowers, tissue paper, or even egg cartons to transform a strand of lights.

That’s what I wanted to do. But I didn’t have tissue paper or egg cartons – or a lot of time or money to spend on this project.

Here’s my solution. (And one suggestion: Hang the lights first, so you can place the flowers where you want them. Also, make sure your lights aren’t going to be a fire hazard with paper on them.)

Flower Lights

Start with some lightweight paper. I used colorful ads for a bright, random effect.

You could also use wrapping paper, newspaper, origami paper, or anything else about that thickness.

Flower Lights

Fold the paper up (it doesn’t matter how) until it’s about this big. Or until it’s half as big as you want your flowers.

Folded Paper

Hold the folded side toward yourself.

Cut a semi-circle

Cut the other three edges so you have a rough semi-circle.

Semi-circle

Then cut narrow triangles away from the folded edge.

Cutting

Do this on both sides, but make sure you leave the middle intact (about the width of your thumb).

Cutting

Then cut two more narrow triangles out of the rounded edge, pointing toward the folded center.

Folded Flower

When you unfold the paper, you’ll have a stack of small flowers.

Separate the pieces. One at a time, push them onto the lights. (No cutting necessary – just stab the light through the center of your paper.)

Flower

This method makes dozens of flowers with only a few cuts, so you can decorate a long strand of lights very quickly.

Flower Lights

Mission accomplished. This took little time and no money.

Flower Lights

The flowers make the strand of lights much more attractive in the daytime. And even when I plug them in, it doesn’t feel like winter.

Flower Lights

And they go so well with my newspaper lamps!

Newspaper Lamp

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One thought on “Get Your Christmas Lights Ready for Spring

  1. Hey, that’s a great idea! I appreciated the warning about making sure to use low temp bulbs so you don’t create a fire hazard.

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