DIY Christmas Light Arches

Written by michelle barry
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DIY Christmas Light Arches
Glistening snow can enhance a Christmas arch. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A Christmas arch can form a pleasant and festive decorative element for the front of a house or business or even for a winter wedding. Adding lights to the arch will illuminate the decorations and the structure itself, as well as catch the attention of onlookers. For a wedding arch, the lights will softly illuminate the bride and groom as they exchange vows beneath it. Using Christmas lights as the principle lighting for the arch will help tie in the Christmas spirit and tie the arch specifically to the Christmas holiday.

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Things you need

  • 2 buckets
  • 2 wooden dowels
  • 2 PVC pipes
  • Cement
  • Fabric
  • Additional wooden dowel (optional)
  • Hammer and nails
  • Christmas lights
  • White electrical tape
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ornaments
  • Cotton or batting
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glitter
  • Wreath
  • LED candles

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    Construct a basic frame for the arch by inserting a PVC pipe into a sturdy, metal bucket and filling the bucket half way with cement. Repeat to create another such structure. Once dry, insert a wooden dowel into each PVC pipe and assemble side by side to form the sides of the arch. In lieu of building your own, metal arches can also be purchased ready-made.

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    Connect the two dowels by draping fabric over the tops of them or by securing an additional dowel or piece of wood between them with a hammer and nails.

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    Paint the arch dowels and PVC white and allow to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Decorate the buckets holding the pipes by covering the outside of them with wrapping paper and tying a ribbon around them to assemble a wrapped present.

  5. 5

    Wind strands of Christmas lights around the arch, securing in place with white electrical tape to help it blend into the arch.

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    Glue balls of cotton or batting to cover the top of the arch to resemble snow. Sprinkle white or silver glitter onto the cotton, which will help catch and reflect the twinkle from the Christmas lights.

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    Hang sparkly and shiny ornaments from the strands of lights wrapped around the arch. These will give the arch a burst of colour and also reflect the lights from the Christmas light strands.

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    Wrap another strand of Christmas lights around a Christmas wreath and hang the wreath from the top, centre of the arch.

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    Place LED candles on top of the cement inside the buckets at the base of the arch to cast an upward glow on the arch.

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