How to Store Christmas Decorations

Dec 20, 13 How to Store Christmas Decorations

Just as quickly as Christmas came, it’s almost time for it to leave again. Don’t you wish there was an easier way to store your decorations, without dealing with the headache of tangled, broken lights, squished Christmas trees and wreaths, and broken ornaments? Below are a few tips that will take the hassle out of decorating for next year’s holiday season, making the season just a little brighter.

Christmas Light Storage

HLS 92100 WRAP-N-ROLL

HLS 92100 WRAP-N-ROLL

I had a stretch of time in my life when I would be the one who would put the Christmas lights on the house. In all, it took about four hours to set my parents’ electricity bill up to be double come January. Three and half hours were spent untangling the lights, and the other 30 minutes were used to actually hang the lights. Eliminate the stress of pulling out a wad of Christmas lights with the Christmas mini light storage wheel. This storage wheel holds up to 200 mini lights and up to 150 icicle lights. Convenient not only for Christmas lights, this storage wheel also makes quick work of storing extension cords, decorative beads, and garlands.

Wreath and Christmas Tree Storage

Christmas Lite Co. TK-10106 TreeKeeper Pro

Christmas Lite Co. TK-10106 TreeKeeper Pro

One of the best parts about Christmas is gathering the family ‘round the Christmas tree, decorating it together, and enjoying the toils of your labor. One of the more frustrating parts of Christmas is dealing with that box your tree or wreath came in, and watching it deteriorate little by little until it’s finally held together with duct tape. Plus, you can never get your Christmas tree back in the box like the factory did, so that always leaves your tree unevenly crammed into the box, resulting in broken and squished branches. Ditch the box and invest in Christmas tree and wreath storage bags. Made with sturdy, durable canvas, these storage bags will protect your decorations from the elements, and provide easy transportation thanks to the handles. Our wreath bags start at 28 inches in diameter and go all the way up to 60 inches in diameter, while our Christmas tree storage bags will hold trees up to nine feet tall. We even have a few on wheels, so all you have to do is pull the bag over your tree and wheel it out.

Ornament and Other Storage

Tired of dealing with broken ornament after broken ornament year after year? Using an ornament keeper will keep all your ornaments organized and undamaged until the next holiday season, and it even has a little extra room for some of your other decorations. An ornament keeper like this one will hold up to 72, 4-inch ornaments.  If you’re squared away on storing your tree, wreath, and ornaments and just need some extra storage for that village scene on your mantle, then look into a rolling holiday storage bag. Perfect for extra garland, power cords, or anything else you can think of, this bag sits on two rear wheels and makes organizing your Christmas that much easier.

We’d love to hear which of these storage solutions you’re planning to use! Tell us in the comments below, or drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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DIY Christmas Decorations on a Budget

Dec 13, 13 DIY Christmas Decorations on a Budget

With Christmas less than two weeks away, it’s safe to assume that you’ve already put up the majority of your Christmas decorations. We have too. But if you find yourself looking for some festive  and inexpensive crafts that you can do with the whole family or by yourself on a chilly Sunday afternoon, we’ve got some DIY decoration ideas that will brighten up your home for the holidays. Many of these simple decorations can be made with things you may already have lying around the house.

 

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

tomato cage treeWith gardening season being a ways away, this DIY tutorial will give you an opportunity to re-purpose some supplies that you may not be using. Here are the basic essentials you’ll need: 2 tomato cages, any light string you want (has to be able to wrap around the entire length of the cage), and a rubber band or elastic to secure the tips of the cage.

When the cages are assembled, turn them upside down and stack one on top of the other. This is so the lights and whatever else you choose to decorate the cage with will have a stronger foundation. Gather the loose ends of the cage and secure them with a strong rubber band to create the point of a Christmas tree.

Take your Christmas lights and begin wrapping them around the cages from the top down. You can hide the rubber band at the top of the cage by tightly wrapping the lights or by tying festive ribbon over it for an extra decorative touch.

Cupcake Liner Light Strings

1206HOL30For those of you who happen to have a few cupcake liners stashed away in the cupboard from the last time you baked, this easy DIY is perfect for you! All you need is a mini light string and cupcake liners. We think holiday colors or metallic silver would look great, but whatever you have in the house works too!

When we say this DIY is easy, we mean it. All you have to do is cut a small slit in the bottom of a cupcake liner and fit it over an individual bulb on the light string and you’re done! Repeat with as many bulbs as you want to cover on the string. If you’re in a hurry, you can also use the bulb on the light string to gently punch through the liner. This decorative light string will look great lining a fireplace mantle or strung across your living room walls.

Glitter Covered Bulbs

glitter bulbsIf any of your outside Christmas lights have burned out, don’t throw them away! Instead, use them as an eye-catching decoration. For this DIY, you’ll need replacement Christmas light bulbs, glue, and glitter.

First, take the bulb by the base and use a paint brush that you don’t mind throwing away or your finger to apply the glue evenly over the surface of the bulb. Next, roll the bulb in glitter or sprinkle it on yourself. Try and wipe off any excess glitter to make sure that it’s evenly covering the bulb. Once the bulbs are dry, put all of them in a bowl to display or tie ribbon around the base and use them as Christmas ornaments for your tree!

Illuminated Canvas

lighted signThis next DIY may require trip to the craft store, but the end product is worth it. Using Christmas lights and a canvas, you can create artwork that doubles as lighting for your room. Here’s what you’ll need: Canvas, white mini light strings, a pencil, an awl (a tool for poking holes in wood and leather), and glue.

First make marks on the back of the canvas with the pencil to get an idea of where you want the lights to poke through. Make sure the lights are at least half an inch apart. Then, using the awl, gently poke through the pencil markings. Once you’ve done that, place glue around each hole and poke the Christmas lights through. After you’re done, you can tape the lights down on the back of the canvas to make sure they stay. If you want to add a little more holiday spirit to the project, paint anything from snowflakes to the words “Merry Christmas” on the canvas.

Light String Wreath

light wreathIf you’re looking to make a simple, minimalist wreath that will look great in your home, but could also withstand the outdoor elements, this DIY is for you. All you need is a basic wreath frame (these can be found at any craft store) and a string of outdoor Christmas lights, unless you only plan on hanging the wreath indoors. Try LED mini lights or a C6 LED light string.  Begin wrapping the light strings around the frame as loosely or as tightly as you want. Just remember that you have to leave enough of the wire to reach an outlet if you aren’t able to use an extension cord.

 

Have any DIY holiday projects you’d like to share? Send us your pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus! We’d love to see them!

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How Do I Decorate My Home with Christmas Lights?

Dec 06, 13 How Do I Decorate My Home with Christmas Lights?

One of the best parts of the Christmas season? Untangling that mass of Christmas lights, climbing the ladder and creating your own lighting display year after year for all the neighbors to enjoy. But before your home will rival that of even Clark Griswold, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily transform your home into the gem of the neighborhood.

Below you’ll find a few steps that will transform your home into the talk of the town this and every Christmas.

What Kind of Lights? – First, determine what kind of lights you’ll be using. Icicle lights give the illusion of, well, icicles by utilizing varying lengths of drops, usually spaced six inches apart. Going for that classic look? Try using C7 or C9 bulbs to line your roof, or even the ridgeline of your roof for a unique touch. After deciding what kind of lights you’re going to use, you’ll need clips to hang them. We recommend using all-in-one clips, as these work with lots of types of lights (for a demonstration of these clips, see the video below).

Test Your Lights – The last thing you want to do is spend hours hanging your lights, only to discover half of them don’t work, so make sure you test them before hanging them. If you have any sets with missing or burned out bulbs, ensure you replace the bulbs with those from the same type of set. For example, if you’re replacing bulbs on a set of 50 lights, only use replacement bulbs from a set of 50 lights with the same amperage, as both sets use different voltages and could cause premature burn out. Also, avoid connecting light sets of differing numbers of lights. You don’t want to connect a 35-light set to a 150-light set, as the milliamps are different and you could face a premature burnout or even a fire. Now this only applies to incandescent mini lights, not LEDs or C7 or C9 bulbs.

Hang Your Lights – Once you’ve decided which lights you’re going to string up and where you’re going to hang them, it’s time to grab your gear and get to it. Timers are all-around great products, but they can play an especially vital role in reducing your electricity costs during the holiday season. If you’re going to use a timer, it’s recommended to have the lights kick on at dusk, and shut off either at midnight or at dawn. This eliminates those days when you forget to unplug your lights when heading off to work or forgetting to plug them in at night.  To make the whole light installation process faster, easier, and safer, it’s a good idea to install the clips on your lights while on the ground. While you’re on the ladder, avoid standing on the top rung and stretching too far. Christmas won’t be as much fun with a dislocated shoulder or a broken arm. The saying “measure twice, cut once” not only applies to carpentry, but to holiday lighting as well. Measure how much distance you’re going to need for your lights. There’s nothing worse than a bare spot on your roof line.

When hanging your lights, the most important thing to remember is to have fun and be creative. On that note, we’d love to see your lighting displays, so send us pictures of your decked out homes on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!

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How Many Christmas Lights for Christmas Trees?

Nov 22, 13 How Many Christmas Lights for Christmas Trees?
A gathering of Carol Singers in front of the C...

A gathering of Carol Singers in front of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square, London England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The holiday season is upon us, and with it come decorative snowmen, a lush wreath on the front door, and of course, O’ Tannenbaum. While decorating your Christmas tree is a fun, family-oriented affair, ensuring your evergreen has the right amount of lights on it to put off that special glow can be a bit tricky: too dim and you can’t display your skillful ornament placement, too bright and you could induce a few seizures. So what’s the right amount of lights for your tree?

Up until about five minutes ago, I subscribed to the “there’s no such thing as too many lights on a Christmas tree” theory. Well, that may not necessarily be the case. There are many factors that go into properly lighting your tree, such as the height, diameter, type of tree, and even the type of Christmas lights. While there is no “right” amount of lights to use on your tree, the tips below merely serve as a guide to point you in the right direction, and you should use the amount and type of lights that fit your preferences.

Tree Size: Let’s start with the size of your tree. Clearly, the vertical height of your tree determines how many lights you’ll need. If you’re leaning more toward a conservative lighting approach, then use 100 mini lights per vertical foot. If you’re going for a brighter look, try using 200 mini lights per vertical foot. Keep in mind you won’t need to use as many lights for trees that are on the skinny side, but you may need up to 25 percent more lights for your thicker trees, like Spruces, Pines, and Firs. For example: for a standard 6-foot tree, you’re looking at 600 mini lights, while an 8-foot Alaskan Fir may need 1,000 mini lights. And for those of you with a 20-foot tree, be prepared to use 2,000 mini lights. Again, the above figures reflect a “medium” lighting approach.

Bulb Type: The types of light strings you use to decorate your tree plays an important role in determining the number of lights you’ll need to bring holiday cheer to your living room. Still use incandescent mini light strings? That’s cool. So do I. As stated above, for incandescent mini lights, it’s recommended to use 100 lights per vertical foot of your tree. For those of you that have made the switch to LED mini lights, not only will you need fewer lights to achieve the desired brightness, since they’re brighter than incandescents, but you’ll also be saving money. With that in mind, you’ll only need 50 lights per vertical foot of your tree while using LEDs. Looking to achieve that classic look akin to A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation by using C7 or C9 lights? Go for it. As with the LEDs, you’ll need far less of the C7 or C9 bulbs, as these too are brighter than their incandescent counterparts.

The chart below illustrates the recommended number of lights based on your tree’s height, types of bulbs, and whether it’s an indoor or outdoor tree.  Also, 1000Bulbs.com has created an excellent resource page with tips ranging from decorating your tree, roof, and even Christmas light maintenance.

Christmas Light Chart

Give us a shout on Google Plus, Twitter, or Facebook and tell us how many bulbs you use to decorate your Christmas tree and what your favorite types of Christmas lights are!

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Eight Christmas Gift Ideas from 1000Bulbs.com

Nov 08, 13 Eight Christmas Gift Ideas from 1000Bulbs.com

It’s that time of the year again: we’ve gained an hour of sleep, it gets darker earlier, and the air has a particular fall crispness about it. These changes mean Christmas is inching closer and closer, and it’s officially time to start thinking about gift ideas. Not only does 1000Bulbs.com meet your every lighting need, but we can also meet your holiday shopping needs as well. Below are some things that are sure to make great Christmas gifts this and every year.

Warm White Icicle Lights- Not only are icicle lights great for decorating your home as they give a warm, wintery look, but they’re also great for decorating bedrooms and dorms. Christmas may come but once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use these white wire icicle lights in your bedroom all year round to give your room a relaxing, cozy feel as you study or read.

Mini Artificial Christmas Trees- Sure, full-size Christmas trees are great, but finding space for that big box can be tricky, especially if you live in an apartment or a dorm. Fortunately, we have just the solution for you: mini Christmas trees. Ranging in sizes from two to five feet, and coming in pre-lit, unlit, and even flocked  trees, we’ve got the mini trees you need for a pint-sized Christmas.

LED Candles- Not only do regular candles not last too long, but being burned by hot wax is unpleasant. With that in mind, LED candles are the way to go. Battery operated, these candles have all the traits of traditional candles, including a “flame” that flickers, and most even have a timer for added convenience. Ranging in size from 6 to 12 inches in height and up to six inches in diameter, our LED candles set the perfect mood, whether for The Notebook or The Silence of the Lambs.

Novelty Lights- There’s quite a few different types of lights that make up our novelty lights section, any of which will create a unique and fun atmosphere. Want a southern vibe? Then our cowboy boot lights, cow skull lights, or shotgun shell lights may be for you. We’ve got the novelty lights for any feel you’re going for.

Authentic Models AS080

Authentic Models AS080

Model Planes, Boats, and Nautical Accessories- The 1000Bulbs.com website contains over 34,000 items, and among those 34,000 items are gifts for the aviation and nautical enthusiast on your list. Every inch of these models are amazingly authentic, and no detail has been overlooked. For the aviation enthusiast, check out the replication of the Dakota DC-3. Featuring an aluminum sheet covered frame with original detailing and a 3-foot wingspan, this plane will look great on a desk or bookcase. For the nautical enthusiast, the RMS Titanic is a truly stunning piece. Superbly displaying all the fine details, including the wires supporting the funnels and the ones running from bow to stern, this piece will make a bold statement on the fireplace mantle or on a bookcase. Ships and planes aren’t your game? Then have a look at our novelty nautical accessories, including compasses, nautical clocks, and weather glasses.

Tape Light- One of the easiest ways to spruce up almost anything, LED tape light is versatile and simple to install. Simply pull off the adhesive backing and apply it to almost any surface. Offered in a multitude of colors, including warm white, green, and blue, LED tape light is ideal for under cabinet lighting or making a home made baby man LED light suit.

Globe Lights- LED globe lights are a fun twist on traditional Christmas lights. Filled with tinsel, these globes are multi-color and some even cycle through cyan, green, purple, red, and royal blue for a truly unique experience. Capable of having 20 to 32 strings connected together, these LED globe lights are great for decorating porches, patios, and even fences.

SHL 1101155

SHL 1101155

LED Lanterns- Similar to our LED candles, our LED lanterns make great decorative pieces. Use our white and silver lanterns to further accent your holiday décor, bringing a cheery, festive look to every season. Looking to add a spooky touch to your Halloween? Then check out our black lantern. Whether you’re going for spooky or cheery, our antique-looking LED lanterns are great for any look.

What other great Christmas gifts did we leave off this list? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!

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