If you want your yard to grab the attention of your neighbors, without being overly "tacky," planning ahead is essential for your outdoor Christmas lights. If you spend a significant amount of time on the planning, the frustrations of setting up the lights will be reduced significantly. You can then have your friends and family think you put a lot more work into setting up your beautiful decorations than you actually did.
Things You'll Need
- Christmas lights for your lawn
- Measuring tape
Prepare a map of your lawn and the area that you will be placing Christmas lights.
Measure the dimension of the area of your lawn for your Christmas lights. Write down these dimensions on your map.
Locate your electrical sources. If you need to run extension cords, mark where you will have them on your map for planning how to set up your lights.
Examine the lights you have chosen to use on your lawn and create a game plan about how to set them up. Write this game plan down on your map, including the colors of each strand or decoration. Label where each strand of lights or decorations will go.
Place your largest decorations first. If they have spikes to attach them to the ground, do not nail the spikes in all the way at this time.
Connect your strands of lights. Use these lights to help deliver electricity to the larger decorations around your lights by connecting the male end of the plug (the one with the prongs) to the female end (the one with the slots) of the decoration.
Plug your lights into the extension cord or other source of electricity such as a generator.
Check to make sure all the lights are lit. If some are not lit, replace any burned-out bulbs.
Hammer the spikes that are securing the decorations once you are happy with your layout of the lights on your lawn and ensure that all are working and do not need to be replaced.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoiding nailing the stakes into the ground to secure the decorations until the last step will make it much easier to rearrange your decorations if you change your mind.
- You may want to test the lights individually before starting to decorate your yard, in case any from previous years are damaged and need to be replaced.
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