10 Uses for Icicle Lights After the Holiday Season

Don't pack those strands of icicle lights away as soon as the holidays are over, put them to use in new and creative ways.


Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: 2016 ©Brittany Bailey, Pretty Handy Girl

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Photo By: Emily Fazio ©2016

Make a Light Box

Illuminate a room with a DIY marquee-inspired sign. This one was created using a shadowbox frame and a strand of colorful LED icicle lights.

Warm Up Seedlings

Icicle lights can be used as a simple heat source. These strands are laid beneath planters to provide supplemental warmth to seeds being started indoors.

Backlight a Custom Bookshelf

Blogger Pretty Handy Girl created this unique bookshelf by cutting a design in the back panel. Lights installed behind the unit show off the beautiful detail. .

Illuminate Jack-o-Lanterns

Icicle lights don’t need to be reserved for the winter months; just see how they were used in the fall as a lighting source for a pumpkin topiary.

Install Under Cabinet Lighting

Bundle icicle lights together with tape to form a simple rope light. The rope can then be installed in places where you might benefit from a gentle illumination, such as inside a closet or beneath kitchen cabinets.

Light Up a Sidewalk With Recycled Bottles

Use icicle lights to illuminate the edge of a walkway. Each of these small water bottles contains an “icicle”. A pencil poked into the soil helps the bottle balance upside down to create a row of lights. You can also use wine bottles or beer bottles for a similar effect.

Enhance a Paper Lantern

House a strand of icicle lights inside a paper lantern or lampshade to create a firefly-light effect. In a nursery, it offers a gentle nightlight-like glow.

Make a Beautiful Table Lamp

Use a diamond bit to bore a 1” hole in the back of a large glass jug. A strand of icicle lights can be weaved through the hole to provide a glorious glow in your home.

Make Paper Bag Luminaries

Paper luminaries can serve as beautiful, simple decor for holidays and events, and icicle lights can be used to illuminate a long-running strand. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag and insert an “icicle” into the bottom of each bag. You may not need or want to cut a design into the front of the bag, but we do like these Halloween-themed luminaries, which light a sidewalk nicely for trick-or-treaters.

Backlight a Tracing Table for Kids

Icicle lights bundled inside a clear plastic bin make for an easy tracing table. The kids will enjoy being able to trace and color on this backlit surface.

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