Puttin' away the Christmas lights...

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Project by billculpepper posted 01-01-2011 10:14 PM 1624 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Time to put away the lights…so…what could be better than procrastinating a few minutes in the shop! Scrap wood, nails are set at 3/4” and 1.5” intervals, round the handles a bit for comfort. Insert one end of light string in the 3/4” section to hold it. If you don’t have a helper, insert other end of light string under something heavy enough to allow for tension…and roll up those lights! Hook on the end of the handle and you can hang ‘em until next Thanksgiving.

Intended to use dowels but I don’t think the wife would accept “I can’t now honey, the glue is still drying” as an excuse. However, I think the nails work better as the heads seemed to provide sort of a guide/catch.

My apologies for putting such a “hack and hose” on here, but I really found this more useful than winding the lights around the empty wrapping paper tube or stuffing them back in the box and it only took 5 minutes to make.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 10:28 PM

this is great!
I hate tackling a blog of lights each year.

Great project. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 12:49 AM

Simple and effective.

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 10:36 PM

Now this is a great project.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 10:45 PM

Good idea. I use a somewhat simpler approach. I take each individual strand of lights and just throw them into a plastic grocery bag. I then take all the grocery bags and put them in a bin. The lights always come out of the bags easily with few if any tangles.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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