Introduction: Cheap Homemade Christmas Light Holder

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I needed a cheap way to create a christmas light holder for some LED lights I got this year, so I came up with my own.

The holders in this instructable are very easy to make and cost about $2 to make four of them.  They are relatively sturdy and can be customized to hold almost as many lights as you would like.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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You will need:
  • Foam Board - $1.99 each
    • You could also use wood or plexiglass but those are much more expensive.
  • Utility Knife - About $5.00 if you don't have one
  • Pen
  • Ruler
     

Step 2: Measure the Boards

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First create a the outline of the shape by tracing a 10" by  12 1/4" rectangle on the board.

Step 3: Measure the Boards

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Create a parallel line 1 1/8" from the bottom of the board, and 2" long.  From the end of this line draw a parallel line to the right side 2 1/2" long.  Repeat until you get the pattern in the picture.

Step 4: Cut Out the Body

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Cut out the general body of the holder.  It should look like the picture below.

Step 5:

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Cut out the areas that have an X on them.

Step 6: The Finished Product

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After you have cut out all the sections you should have a completed light holder.  If you want you can cut knotches in the sides to hold the light plugs in place when you wrap them up.

You could double the holders up to make them thicker and even sturdier.

Merry Christmas!!

Comments

veggieporn (author)2009-11-26

that looks great!
just a thought.. is it safe to have the lights all coiled up like that? i was planning to bundle up some rope light and was advised against it as it would prob overheat, dont know if it would be the same in your case..

The holders are more for storage and not really made for show.  The foam board would probably melt with the heat of them being on for an extended period of time.

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