That final ceremony of taking down your Christmas decorations can be a bit of a drab affair come January. Festive cards dumped into a drawer, the baubles and tinsel shoved into a box, the novelty tie pushed to the back of the wardrobe – never to be seen again…
However, your Christmas lights need not just be for the festive season. In fact, you can keep the spirits up all-year round with a bit of creative thinking.
Plus, LED Christmas lights are designed to stand the test of time, lasting up to 20-times longer than standard fairy lights, so you won’t have to worry about those pesky burst bulbs killing the ambience.
Here’s our rundown of the best ways you can use your Christmas lights beyond the festive period.
LED string and fairy lights
LED fairy lights – or string lights – are so versatile that they can be used all-year round to great effect.
You can choose from a wide range of bright and wonderful colours, including warm white, cool white, multicoloured and even pink!
OK, so the banister isn’t exactly the most exciting place to add a bit of sparkle, but fairy lights can be used to great effect and brighten your pathway to the bedroom.
Window and picture frames
Are the old family photos looking a bit beige? Sick of seeing your younger sibling grimace awkwardly and ruining the entire shot? String a few LED fairy lights over the frame to bring those oh-so familiar mugs to life.
Never mind Pitt or Wahlberg, let your lights be the stars of the show. Choose warm white LED fairy lights to create a cosy atmosphere for movie nights-in.
The bedroom isn’t just a place to sleep. It’s a place to relax, read a book, watch some TV or unwind after a long day. Create a relaxing ambience by draping fairy lights at the foot of your bed or around mirror frames to really set the mood before catching 40-winks.
Combining fairy lights with a glass jar or vase results in a stunning home-made decoration that’s suitable all-year round.
Autumn and winter can be pretty drab months, leaving your garden looking a little tired. Give it the TLC it deserves by opting for outdoor LED lights that are both decorative and practical.
Fences and walls with LED curtain lights
Curtain lights cover a lot of area and can really bring mundane objects to life. Drape them over your fence or wall to add a bit of sparkle to your garden – perfect for long summer nights by the BBQ.
Trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and more with string lights
String lights don’t just have to be used indoors. Bag yourself some waterproof lights, which you can use anywhere, and brighten-up pretty much any inanimate object going thanks to their versatility – whether that’s around a tree, the garden shed, or a playhouse.