Greet your guests with seasonal style by adding lights to your front entry. Getting a strand of outdoor lights evenly-spaced and facing the same direction used to be quite an accomplishment. As much as outdoor lights are a beauty to behold, they can be a beast to install -- and you're trying to tame this unwieldy tangle on a chilly December day.
A little Yankee ingenuity has come to the rescue. New styles of clips that attach to the gutter, inside the doorway or along the walkway make it easier to space bulbs evenly and allow you to easily direct the lights.
Made of a sturdy plastic, the clips snap in place with ease. And the clips come in a styles suited for standard or miniature lights. You'll find them just about everywhere -- from home centers to grocery stores.
Light the path to your door with a strand of clear holiday lights. Simply push the plastic stakes into the ground, slip in the lights and close the plastic hinges to hold the lights in place. Swish some snow or moss between the lights to cover the exposed cord.
If the ground is frozen, use an old screwdriver and a hammer to create a starter hole. And plan on leaving the stakes in the ground until spring even if you pull the lights out after the holidays.
Before you head outdoors to string lights, be sure to do the following: