Inspiration: Alternative Uses For Christmas Lights

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As part of our family tradition growing up, we'd always string lights around the Christmas tree the first weekend after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we don't have the space to put up a real tree in our apartment but we still like the warm glow of a simple strand of white lights. We rounded up a handful of AT reader ideas and previous posts to make your apartment sparkle (even if you don't have the traditional Christmas tree).
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  • Tube lighting in your bathroom will certainly keep the festive cheer going throughout your house (and it has an artistic vibe that can hang around once the holidays are done).

  • Pinning a white sheet on the ceiling where white Christmas lights are hiding behind will give the room an ethereal glow.

  • Try placing an entire string of lights into a loosely woven basket and placing it up high on a shelf. You'll get tiny specks of light peeking through which will make the basket glitter.

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  • This is a great way to cover up the lighting eyesore (in this case, a chandelier). Try putting the strand on a dimmer to regulate the output of light.

  • Try tacking a strand of Christmas lights or tube lighting underneath kitchen cabinets or on the underside of your bed frame for a nice ambient light source.

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  • Check out this post on how to create your own glittering landscape by using a white canvas and a strand of Christmas lights.

  • Take a large cylindrical vase and fill it with a strand of Christmas lights. You'd be amazed how the container glitters because of the glass.

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  • We spotted this 2-D tree in Domino Magazine this month and thought it would be a great idea for those of us that don't have a ton of room for a real tree. They suggest to lightly pencil an outline on the wall and secure two tiny nails or tacks at each "point" and run the cord around the edge.

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