Christmas Lanterns and Such

I admit, I have absolutely no right whatsoever to call this project a craft.  But I want to join in with Kate’s Craft party today so let’s roll with it.  Like a craft, you do need some supplies:: Christmas lights and clear containers of any sort.

I used some bubbly outdoor lights with green wires for one “craft” and white wired lights for another.  Gather up any clear containers, a cloche, lanterns, apothecaries, jars, vases, whatever.

Next, get an extension cord and plug it into the wall.  Now plug your lights into that and stuff them into your clear vessel.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for burned down houses.  This is not something to keep on all the time but, it makes a pretty light for a party or for a few hours at a time.  The cord is pretty easy to hide since there are already wires everywhere just sneak it out the back and down to the outlet.

before

after

It’s close to impossible to get a decent photo of these. It looks like I’ve portioned out some pieces of the sun and placed them in my containers. But trust me, in real life it looks normal and not solar like at all.

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Comments

  1. Very pretty! The lights are not for a girl prone to mishaps like me but they are very festive.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Kariann

  2. What a super cute idea! I love it :)

  3. I have been wracking my brain trying to think of something-not-cutesy to add a little bit of Christmas to my teenage boys’ bedroom. I think you may have just shown me the answer! Thanks for the inspiring eye candy.
    kelly

  4. I’ll have to try this. We had a craft day a few years ago where we made these type containers only we used the glass bricks and put a pretty bow on top. They always get lots of complements.

  5. Love the gift garnishing post!!!! :) You ARE a crafty girl. :)

  6. This is a wonderful idea. I have some nonfunctional lanterns hanging by my front door, and was just going to use battery votives in them, but I like the idea of a string of battery Christmas lights much more, and they’ll be pretty year round!

  7. If lights weren’t $20/strand here, that’d be perfect! :)

  8. FIRE!!!!!

    Cindy
    xo

  9. Nester! I did this for Christmas this year and can’t wait to show you! I took some big bulb lights and filled a lantern, added some white berries, and it is one of my favorite things. Thanks for the fabulous ideas, as always…xo

  10. It is a great idea and it looks lovely!

  11. I love the lantern idea with lights and the perfect way you take your photos!! I have this white metal tree thingy that I have white lights in, it heats up like a furnace and looks like a big blob of white when I try to take a pic…so much better in person, especially if you are cold!

  12. I love it! I like crafting with a side of danger, I think as long as we keep a fire extinguisher and first aid kit handy for most crafts we’ll be doing okay! ;)

  13. I tried this last week and discovered that if I use LED lights they do not generate the heat that the traditional Christmas strands do. Makes me a little less worried about starting a fire.

  14. Dear Nester, I am compelled to write you because I am not happy. I have been reading all about Mrs. Meyers on your blog. A couple of months ago I bought a couple of the products, even before I read that you are obsessed with them. So tonight I went to our Walmart to buy another fragrance. I have Lavender and love it! But, I walked around the right area of the store about ten times and could not find the stuff. I finally asked an employee and he had no idea what I was talking about. I just couldn’t believe it – two months ago they had a large display and evidently they moved it all out. So, I am not happy! Short of going to another Walmart 40 miles away, what can I do? Ordering a huge quantity is not really an option for me either. Bah Humbug!

  15. I tried doing this a few days ago but the cords were green not white and that equals hideous. Yours look great!

  16. I love the idea of the lights in a jar. I love it so much that I actually had thrown one together the other day before I ever saw this post. I used color lights and wrapped the cord in scrapbook paper and shoved it all down in the canister and plugged it in. It is so cute and whimsical I really want to do more but I’m out of lights. Check it out http://funkymomcards.blogspot.com/2010/12/little-handmade-christmas-things.html
    I’m going to check out the coffee filter wreath I think it is so fluffy and girly.

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