Old fashioned outside lights

Old fashioned outside lights

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Rattan Sphere

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Hanging from the porch ceiling, piled in urns or even resting on the ground, these twinkling orbs offer a pretty texture and a soft glow. 

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Lit Trees

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Wrapped in burlap, sparkling "saplings" look magical indoors or out.  Order them in different sizes for an enchanted forest effect. 

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Prelit Garland

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Save yourself the hassle of wrangling string lights around swaths of evergreens and opt for these natural-looking strands instead. Twist them around porch poles and bannisters, or frame the front door using Command hooks. 

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White Lights

Edging the roof, windows and doors makes your home's own charming features stand out big time.

What you'll need: string lights (, amazon.com)

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Luminary Bags

for 12

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Line your walkways with these festive, battery-operated bags to create a glow for visitors as they approach.

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Twinkly Wreaths

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Lamp Post

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Turning the outside of your house into a winter wonderland is as easy as planking this colorful lamp post front and center.

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Candy Cane Colors

Take some inspiration from your favorite holiday treat and alternate red and white lights around the roof and windows.

What you'll need: red string lights (, amazon.com), white string lights (, amazon.com)

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Lanterns

Flickering beacons along the walkway make quite the first impression. They'll welcome visitors (and reveal hidden patches of ice!).

What you'll need: lanterns ( for 3, wayfair.com)

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Bedazzled Porch

Dangle icicle lights along the ceiling of the veranda for your own personal winter wonderland.

What you'll need: icicle lights (, amazon.com)

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Falling Snowflakes

No matter what the forecast calls for, a few snowflakes suspended from the tree in your front yard brings to mind a snow day. Thankfully, there's no shoveling required.

What you'll need: snowflake lights (, wayfair.com)

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Blue Bushes

Picking colors strategically can really pay off. These blue, red and green lights separate the landscaping from the facade.

What you'll need: colorful string lights (, amazon.com)

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Wrapped Railing

It's the one time of year a tall staircase doesn't seem so bad. With a long bannister to work with, garlands and lights can come cascading down.

What you'll need: garland lights (, wayfair.com)

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Frosty the Snowman

A "jolly happy soul" is the perfect welcoming committee. Sparkly presents under the tree don't hurt either.

What you'll need: inflatable snowman (, wayfair.com)

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Sweet Simplicity

No need to put on your snow boots. Winding lights around porch posts is easy enough, even for a Grinch.

What you'll need: string lights (, amazon.com)

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Over-the-Top Display

"The more, the merrier" still holds true for Christmas lights. Just be sit down before opening the electricity bill.

What you'll need: light-up tree (5, wayfair.com), light-up sled (, wayfair.com), light-up poinsettia (8, wayfair.com)

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Time-Tested Classics

Old-fashioned Christmas lights with oversized bulbs — plus twinkling candles in each window — add some serious curb appeal.

What you'll need: oversized string lights (, amazon.com), window lights ( for 6, amazon.com) 

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Candyland

Don't scrimp on a festive theme. This home looks like a life-sized gingerbread house, thanks to giant peppermints and sweets.

What you'll need: peppermint decorations (, wayfair.com)

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Repeating Arches

A picket fence has nothing on this glowing border. Coupled with the string light Christmas trees, it's easy to fake the front yard features you wish you had.

What you'll need: light tree (, wayfair.com)

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Tomato Cage Trees

Skip hauling out the ladder and dust off summer's tomato cages instead. Wrapped with LED lights, the wire cones mimic tiny trees, minus the prickly branches.

Get the tutorial at 17 Apart »

What you'll need: string lights (, amazon.com), tomato cages ( for 3, amazon.com)

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