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(I am very sorry for the crappy image quality.  I can’t find the original image on my computer as this was from long, long ago when I still kept the house clean.  Oh the good ‘ol days of cleanliness and organization, how I miss you.)

This was a lamp I had hanging around the house but the shade was dented.  I wanted to use twinkle lights from the holidays in some way in my daughter’s room because she loved them and this was my very quick and easy solution.  I ripped the fabric and plastic and the bottom ring off of the shade.  I then used a socket to plug adapter in the lamp socket and then plugged the icicle style twinkle lights (this link is to pricier led ones but they last and use less energy) into the adapter.  I then pulled them up and wrapped them around the spider of the shade.  I had to play with the placement of the lights as to keep the weight even so the lamp “shade” wouldn’t go wonky and that was it!  Easy Peasy!  You could do this for a hanging light as well and it might be great if the shade was a basket that you could weave the lights through.  The options are endless really and twinkle lights are too pretty to be trapped in a box for 11 months out of the year.


Below are some pictures I found of other ways you might use those poor neglected twinkle lights.

All of these are chandelier ideas that in lieu of using battery lights for a temporary fixture, you could use a cord kit and a socket adapter to make it an actual hanging lamp.  The first pic uses a wreath, the second is an umbrella frame, and the third could be anything you find at a junkyard (or maybe your own yard).


Thanks for reading.  (I swear I’ll have better pictures next time.)

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