Save those Christmas lights. Here are 7+ fantastic ways to reuse them

It's true you can reuse winter holiday string sets all-year round for that lustrous effect. The beauty of these DIY projects lies in its potential for you to express your creativity. Depending on the rest of the decor in your home, you can alter them to suit your needs.
1. Christmas starry night (h/t Redo It Yourself Inspirations)
The beauty of starlight is rarely the subject of debate — some nights it can make all the difference in the world. But in the coldest of climates, stargazing may not be a nightly occurrence. This project changes all that so every night — and day — can be starry.
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2. Light up wall art (h/t Sprinkle Some Fun)
This piece of light-up wall art is so cheerful! No one will ever believe that you made it yourself — and you shouldn't tell them unless you want to make one for them too!
3. Christmas light chandelier (h/t This Ole Mom)
Here is an example of a minimalist version that would look gorgeous in a dining room or even in a nursery. You can choose to wrap the lights more tightly around the hoop for a wreath-like effect, or do away with the Christmas lights altogether to create a globe of hula hoops around a single bulb.
4. Christmas tree
Christmas light displays can be very expensive – and you only use them once a year. Create your own using a tomato cage and a few strands of outdoor Christmas lights. Get the full tutorial here.
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5. Lighted egg carton flower garland (h/t Hearth and Vine)
Fancy up your fireplace or entryway by mixing Christmas lights with this inexpensive egg carton flower garland. This is a traditional and classic way to get the entire family in the holiday spirit.
6. Fairy garden globes
Looking to brighten up a dark corner? Or add the perfect centerpiece to your next barbecue? Well, look no further than this planter chandelier. The fairy lights give it a rustic feel while the wire frame adds a bit of an industrial flare. Plus, you can put your favorite plant or create a little bouquet to stick inside.
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6. Lantern (h/t Oh Oh Deco)
These paper lanterns are a very cheap way to set the mood and re-use your Christmas lights throughout the year. Using a soda bottle, scissors, lights, and paper, this project is a quick one to complete.
7. Lighted holiday potpourri jar (h/t Pink When)
Adding a touch of light to potpourri immediately elevates it to the next level. Place these in your bathroom this holiday and make the whole room smell amazing.
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