Do you like candlelight? But not the expense, the smoke, or the fear of burning the house down? Let’s try battery operated lights.
I stopped using candles when I woke one morning to a candle still burning. Yikes!
Now, we live in a forest in the wood cabin. The fear of forest fires outweighs the flickering glow of candlelight in the evening.
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To show ideas for battery operated lights, I made a shabby chic light, chipped paint, empty frames vignette.
Not just for winter
The DIY icicle branches add a look of winter. In spring, you could add flowers. Summer add greens and fall leaves for autumn.
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Types of battery operated lights I use
Washi tape fits great around the edge of battery tea light candles.
These wired strands make light creative. Above I tucked them inside “outdated” thrift store globes. The pipe looking globe is from a lamp. The metal was gold with crystals hanging from the top.
Bet you won’t pass up an “outdated” thrift store globe again!
Horse pill battery operated lights
At least, that’s what I call them. The battery lights are actually for balloons. I’ve never used them in balloons…yet.
I tuck them in here and there and inside things. There’s one in each of the milk bottles that I painted with white chalk-based paint.
I also dropped one in with the battery tea lights. The tea lights give off a yellow light while the horse pill lights show a white light. The white light counters the yellow a bit.
The silver candle cups holding the trees have a horse pill battery too.
The horse pill battery lights added a glow through the white plates of this Christmas tree. They’re fun in mason jars too. No wires!
The lights last for about a week when left on for 24 hours every day. Wonder how I know that?!?!
Other ideas for battery operated lights
- Lay a strand of lights down the center of your table. Then cover with a lightweight table runner letting the light glow through the fabric.
- Tuck behind vases or in greens to highlight. Like the faux snowballs above.
- Hang on a banner.
- Add to a mason jar filled with Epson salt for a soft glow.
- Make snowmen that glow.
- I have no idea yet if this works, but I’m trying with our next snowstorm. Tuck “horse pill” lights into the snow to write a name that glows.
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The soft glow in evening adds cozy comfort. So far, I haven’t burned the house down. But my cooking…might!
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