Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY Wall/Staircase of Lights

Wow! Christmas is just less than a month away! Can you believe it?!?  

I hate to admit this but I have had my house all decorated a week after Halloween was over. I just think It comes and goes too quickly and if I'm going to put all this effort into transforming my house... I would like to enjoy it as long as possible!

Today I want to share with you all one of my favourite Christmas traditions... Ok, well I only started doing it last year, but I loved it so much I had to do it again this year. Check out my staircase, all lit up... isn't it gorgeous!


A few years ago we bought one of those pre lit trees... so then I was left with all these ropes of mini lights that just sat in a box from our old tree. Then one day while I was doing some Christmas shopping (about 2 years ago) I saw a wall of these Christmas lights in the mall and that's when I though about doing this idea on my staircase. What a simple way to brighten up any space in your home for the holidays! The impact it makes is stunning.... I absolutely love it!

So easy to do to, here is how I did it...

  • First you need to figure out were your power source will come from. Since I didn't want it at the bottom of my stairs where people might trip over the cords, I began upstairs. I have a plug on my upstairs wall that I attached an extension cord to and just pulled it to the railing. 
  • Then I secured the extension cord and wrapped it until the connector was right at the corner of the staircase. 
  • Starting at the top of my stair case I slowly dropped the rope of lights until it reached the bottom. 
  • Ensuring that the lights were straight, I then secured the wire to the banister with some twist ties.
  • I then stretched the wire over the bottom of the floor railing and tied the wire to the next banister, skipping one in between. 
  • Then just continued this process up and down the stairs, attaching the next set of lights when the cord got to the end. I used about 6 sets of mini lights. 
  • To cover up the wiring I then used garland on the top part of the railing and at the bottom along the floor. 
  • So that I never have to worry about turning it on and off I simply just put it on a wall timer! 
Easy right?


Here is a view from the other side. It totally lights up the whole front of our house! And there are our stocking... we have a flat front fireplace, kind of hard hanging our stockings on there, so here is where they hang!


Finally here is our tree all lit up... Can you tell I love brown? Not very traditional... it's all decorated in brown and gold. I just love it! 

Hope you liked my wall (staircase) of lights and maybe it has inspired you to make your own! What is your favourite Christmas house decoration?

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

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40 comments:

McKae @ Kaes Corner Design said...

That is so pretty and festive. I love it!

craftmates said...

Wow, it's so beautiful!!! And your house is huge!

Virna from Craftmates

Jennie Larsen said...

Very impressive on the stair case of lights. Great work. hugs, jen

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks ;)

Ilda Dias said...

Haha Virna! It is a good size, but you know what they say... the camara always adds 10 pounds! Well the camera lens I used adds 50 square feet, lol! I'm glad you liked them :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Jennie for coming by!!!

Jill said...

WOW! So easy, but it makes a huge impact. I love it!!

Nicole Buckingham said...

oh that is stunning! What a beautiful space to dwell in. love.

Aloha,

Stopping by from the GFC hop to say 'hi' and to follow along. I can't wait to get to know you and your blog better. We're riding the wave of life at Local Sugar Hawaii, I'd love for you to come write the lines with us.

xo,
Nicole
localsugarhawaii.com

Rekita Nicole said...

Found your blog via GFC Blog Hop! I am your newest follower!

Have a great Evening!
-Rekita
www.lovelyarmywife.com

Ilda Dias said...

I know, right? I LOVE it so much :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks for stopping by Jill!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks for stopping by Nicole! Will stop by Local Sugar Hawaii for sure :)

Ilda Dias said...

Hi Rekita! Thanks for stopping in and following, will definitely return the favor!

The Students Wife said...

oh my goodness! I LOVE your lighted staircase. Amazing!


I"m your newest follower from the GFC blog hop
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Lucie_xoxo said...

Wow that looks amazing!!!! I am so gald i stumbled across your blog on the GFC Blog Hop!!! I love anything crafty :)

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Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk said...

New follower from GFC. Hope you hop over and return the favor.
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Beautiful decorations!

Dixie n Dottie said...

O my goodness! You've got to be kidding me! That staircase is one of the most beautiful things I've seen! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_11_27_archive.html

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much for stopping in and following! For sure will follow you back! :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks Lucie! Will follow you back for sure :)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much for stopping by... I'm already one of your followers ;)

Ilda Dias said...

I'm happy you like the staircase so much Dixie n Dottie! Would love to join your party... thanks for the invite!

Revamp Spunky Rena said...

Hi Lovely, I'm your new follower from Blog Hop.
Love your awesome blog. Feel free to check out & follow my blog @ revampspunkyrena.blogspot.com
xoxo
Rena

Nicole Buckingham said...

Aloha Sweet Friend,
We are gathering for An Aloha Affair , a sweet sort of mingling and sharing and growing together. I would so love it if you'd join us. You will always be welcome, anytime. Save ya a seat?...

xo,
Nicole
localsugarhawaii.com

Being Home said...

Yes! I love it! Very original. I so wish I could do that with our curved staircase. :( It is not a floating one.

Julie

WhatJeanLikes said...

What a dreamy holiday decoration idea!

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for linking up with the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am following you in all the options you have on your blog for me to follow!!

Please spread the word, share the blog code on your blog!! Who knows, you could end up being the featured blog next week!! Aloha Friday Blog Hop

Ladies Holiday said...

That looks magical!!! I LOVE it- I am going to shop the after Christmas sales and stock up on lights so I can do that in my own home! Thank you for linking up on Photo Friday (especially now that I am inspired!)

Hope to see you next week and have a great weekend!

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Rena! Glad you came by will be following you back as well! Happy Holidays :)

Ilda Dias said...

Sure I'll come by and grab a seat!

Ilda Dias said...

Hi Julie! Not sure what your staircase looks like but I think anyone can do this even if it isn't a floating one... If there is a solid wall below just tape the string of lights to the floor and cover it up with garland! Thanks for stopping by, am now following you ;)

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks so much Jean! I'm glad you like it!!! Thanks for stopping by, am your latest follower :)

Happy Holidays!

Ilda Dias said...

That is such a great idea, for sure wait for the sales! I'm glad to have inspired you to do this... Will love to see what your staircase looks like next year!

Being Home said...

Thank you for following! I am following right back. ;)

Yes, there is a wall below in the curved section of the staircase. Fudge! Sure wish I had thought about stringing the lights down the wall. I was worried it would look messy. I like the garland idea. I did most of the lights on the stairs over the weekend. Did the typical wrap around on the hand rail. Hopefully, I can finish decorating it this week.

Julie

4 You With Love said...

Wow, this is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.

Marilyn
4you-withlove.blogspot.com

Ilda Dias said...

Thanks Marilyn, I was going for that kind of reaction... everyone who sees it just loves it!

Karri Reiser said...

Wow, this looks so beautiful, thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

Rebecca said...

oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! when i first saw the link, i thought it was in a mall or something. i can't believe this is your home! thanks for linking up.

Ilda Dias said...

You're welcome Rebecca!

Ilda Dias said...

You are very welcome Karri!

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Holy Christmas Gorgeous! Love those lights- so so pretty! Thanks for the wonderful view with my hot coffee this morning! Oh and for hooking up with us at the No Rules Christmas Party!
Jen

Ilda Dias said...

You are so welcome, thanks so much for coming by!