8 Twinkle light DIYs that look completely spectacular

Nov 28, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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Twinkle lights are gorgeous for holiday decorating, as long as you can avoid the dreaded look of a college frat house. With a few simple tips, you can take your twinkle lights from disaster to delight.

1. Don't fear difficult surfaces

brick

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Fear of damaging the exterior of your home can lead to poor results with twinkle lights. However, you can hang your holiday lights on difficult surfaces like brick — complete with a tight bond — by simply using a hot glue gun. The glue will peel right off at the end of the season.

2. Tuck them away for daytime hours

porch

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Even beautiful nighttime twinkle lights can turn into a decorative disaster in the light of day. If you're decorating your porch for the holidays, make sure to hide the lights in garland, ribbon or small trees to create a classy Christmas look for daytime.

3. Shoot the breeze with stars

shooting stars

We love the star trend for twinkle lights, and you can easily hang a few shooting stars in your yard or on the front of your house to complete your entire holiday decor. Sweet and simple, right? (Grandin Road, $89)

4. Wrap a tight garland

garland

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Just like trees, garlands look best with lots of twinkle lights, wrapped tightly along their surfaces. Stay away from colored lights and go with bright whites for a classic holiday look. When you hang your holiday garland, drape it in full half-circles so it doesn't look cheap.

5. Try out globes

christmas balls

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If you want a modern twist to your holiday decor, you can turn your home's exterior into a winter wonderland without breaking the bank. Just scatter these DIY twinkle light globes from the eaves of your house for a festive and unique entry. Just remember that they look best when hung in groups of three, or in large clusters. Don't skimp.

6. Say it loud and proud

marquee

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Sometimes, the best twinkle light decor is the type you can easily pack away for next year, once the holiday season is over. We love this DIY marquee sign, which you can use for a bright welcome into the warmth of your home.

7. Vertical stripes are easy and grand

vertical lights

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Windows are a great way to add bright lights to both your interior and exterior decor, but it's often difficult to wrap windows properly. Easy solution? Hang twinkle lights vertically to create a striped effect, which is as grand as it is easy — particularly when a sheer curtain overlay hides the imperfections.

8. Go country chic with Mason jars

mason jar

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Mason jars are all the rage these days, and they look fabulous if you're going for a country Christmas look. Follow this tutorial for a DIY twinkle light chandelier, for your front porch or even the interior of your home.

Pro tip: Watch your wire color. Using white wire on green garland is always a no-no, and makes everything look terribly tacky during the light of day.

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