Who says your holiday lights have to be strung across your eaves, or that you are limited in their placement? If you're looking to add a little extra sparkle to your home this season or would like to avoid a slippery trip up a frosty ladder, The Grounds Guys® have a fun and easy DIY project that you can accomplish in an afternoon or weekend. Read on to learn how to build a wireframe for holiday lights that will make you the envy of your neighbors and bring you joy for years to come.
How to Make a Holiday Wireframe Structure
You will need:
- Galvanized wire or wire coat hangers
- A large piece of cardboard or craft paper (optional)
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Wire cutters
- Tin snips
- Work gloves
- Cable ties
- String lights
- Chicken wire (optional)
1. Plan Your Design
DIY holiday light decorations can be as simple or as complex as you care to make them, but for your first project, you may prefer to stick with basic shapes such as a star, candy cane, wreath, or snowman. Once you have decided on your design, draw a template on a sheet of cardboard or craft paper if desired for easy reference or to control the dimensions of your wireframe sculpture.
2. Choose the Right Wire
Heavy-duty wire is a sturdy material that will hold its shape well and can be manipulated into any number of configurations. Chicken wire is a softer alternative that can be easily molded to resemble a star, tree, or globe, and can be placed easily around an existing form such as a tomato cage or wooden structure to resemble a holiday-themed item.
3. Make Your Shapes
Bend the wire into the desired shape using your needle-nosed pliers to secure the ends. If using chicken wire, use your wire cutters to cut appropriately sized pieces and mold the material into the desired shape, making sure to wear work gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges.
4. Secure the Lights
If your wireframe sculpture will be located outdoors, it is imperative that you choose lights that are rated for outdoor use. Wrap the lights around your sculpture and secure them to the frame using zip ties, in a color that coordinates with the string on your lights. Carefully trim the ends of the ties to minimize their appearance.
5. Pick the Perfect Location
You have several options both indoors or outside of your home to position your DIY holiday light decorations including:
- Front porch
- Front door
- Front or backyard
- Deck or patio
- Garage door
Ensure that the location you choose has easy access to electricity if needed and that it will be easy to power on and off each day.
6. Install Your Structure
Whether you choose to hang, prop, or stake your new sculpture, make sure it is secure enough to withstand the elements including rain, snow, or wind. Galvanized stakes may be used to affix standing sculptures to your lawn while wreath hangers may work well on fencing, porches, or doors.
Spruce up your outdoor space with a custom wireframe lighting installation this holiday season! Shop for new and innovative holiday light gadgets to help your display to look its best, perform well, and save on energy costs. For assistance with your holiday lighting or snow and ice management this winter, call the experts at The Grounds Guys at (888) 929-8188, or contact us online and let us know how we can help.