I'm no Clark W. Griswold Christmas light fanatic, but I do like the look of a nicely lit window during the holiday season. The problem is that in order to look nice you have to hang each light on a separate clip. So here is how I made some outdoor lighting window frames that are lite, strong and easy to put up and store away.
Step 1: Prep and Supplies
Here is what you need to do,
Measure all the windows you want to trim. Then go to your local home improvement store and buy enough plastic lattice framing to cover your measurements plus some mistakes. This stuff isn't the cheapest but it's easy to work with and should last forever. While you are there pick up 4 'L" brackets for each window.
- Lattice framing (per measurements)
- L brackets (4 for each frame)
- Drill (for screw pilot holes)
- Flat head screw driver
- Mitersaw or handsaw
- C7 strings of Christmas lights.
- Wire stripper, electrical tape
Step 2: Assembly
Begin by measuring and cutting at 45 degree angles to build your frames. If you need help with this you might not want to do this project or get a friend with the necessary skills to help.
Next drill pilot holes and attach the "L" brackets to the corners.
I recommend you take your first assembled frame out to the window and double check your measurements and make sure you have room to hang the frames.
After your frame is completed, unpack a string of lights and confirm that it works. Then push each light socket into the channel of the frame. Some go in easily others will need a little assistance from a flat head screwdriver to pry open the channel a little bit. Be sure to line up the lights across from one another to get a nice clean look. Are the lights still working? Good.
If you run out of lights before the frame is complete you will need to splice in more. Again if you don't know how to do this get some help. You can easily ruin the lights, get electrocuted, or even start a fire.
When you are done it should look like the pictures below and you are ready to hang them up. I used some strong velcro and nails, but you will have to decide what works best for your house.
Step 3: Finished
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