We were having a really hard time taking down our Christmas lights this year. The Christmas tree was no problem. We keep it in the family room at the back and we took it down early in January.
But our living room-dining room was a different story. This year I had tried something new. I lit these rooms up whimsically with Christmas lights throughout. At the window, I carefully designed a Christmas tree out of lights. It looked so nice that various guests were surprised when they came in to see that it was not a real tree – just a beautiful, 2-d light structure.
The problem was, none of us wanted to take the lights down. They created such a magical, cozy effect. Then, I saw this idea for a DIY lamp. I took down all of the lights, and filled a tall glass vase with a string of lights. So easy! Our multicoloured lamp looks cozy and joyful in our living room. (See picture)
The great thing about this lamp is that you can choose one colour of light to create the feeling you want, and coordinate with your decor. I simply used the lights I had, but there are many ways to apply this idea to your space and needs. (Consider the possibilities: Red lights for a special Valentine dinner, white lights for an elegant year-round look…)
My son was initially pretty bummed out when I took down our Christmas lights, but after a couple of hours he said the lamp was growing on him. “Actually, it’s pretty charming. Like a star jar.”