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We bought this house in January, and that means,
it's never been through Christmas with us. The biggest problem is that our home is fairly small...

I mean, perfect for us, but not for a giant 8 foot diameter Christmas tree.

So we made a wonderful solution that works great for anyone trying to budget space and money, collage kids dorm hack for the holidays, newly weds or people like us!

Step 1: Supplies Needed

You will need:
One Cardboard Cut Out Christmas Tree

A string of lights with bulb covers

Most likely an extension cord too

Drill and drill bit the diameter of the light bulbs

These lights I got on clearance last year after Christmas.

They have glass bulbs over the top of a regular light.

So I carefully removed all the bulb covers.

Step 2: Drilling and Lighting

We used a drill to put holes in the cardboard.

You could use something like an awl too.


Then measured how far we could put the next light. There is really only about 4 inches

of cord between each light, so they had to be fairly close.

Just remove the bulb cover, push light through cardboard hole, then replace the bulb cover.
The cover keeps the lights in place perfectly.

Over and over until the lights were all put in the tree and replaced the bulb covers on the right side.

The tricky thing is the distance of cord between the lights dictates how

far you can drill in the next light.

That means, that you tend to run out of lights as you get closer to the bottom of the tree.

However, that wasn't a problem for us, because I wanted room for

gifts to stack closely to the tree as well.

Step 3: Perfect to Fit in a Corner!

Wrapped up and fitted close to the tree for maximum cuteness!
Perfect and ready for the holidays!

I love it. I can store it in the attic during the rest of the year!

The bright lights are perfect for setting the twinkling glow atmosphere!

It's a great way to save space, live on a budget and still have the perfect tree for all of December festivities!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more daily awesomeness!

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<p>That's awesome. Where can one get a cardboard cutout tree?</p>
I got mine from Oriental Trading <br>http://www.orientaltrading.com/christmas-tree-stand-up-a2-4_4597-18-0.fltr

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