How to Hang Lights on a Bare Branch Tree

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How to Hang Lights on a Bare Branch Tree
Dress up bare tree branches with mini-Christmas lights. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Deciduous trees can look gloomy during the winter months when all their leaves are shed. Wrap strings of mini-lights around bare branches to add sparkle and colour for a cheerier look. In addition, trees covered with mini-lights complement any outdoor holiday display and look particularly stunning at night.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 10 to 30 mini-light strands
  • Dowel rod
  • Extension cord
  • Electrical tape
  • Cling film

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  1. 1

    Plug in all of your light strands, one at a time, to test that they work. Replace any missing bulbs or strands as necessary.

  2. 2

    Drive a dowel rod into the ground near the base of the tree, and tape the end of an extension cord to the rod.

  3. 3

    Plug the first light cord into the extension cord. Wrap the lights around the tree trunk from the bottom up.

  4. 4

    Plug additional light strings into the connection at the end of the previous light string. Continue wrapping the trunk and all of the branches from the bottom up, following the natural shape of the tree.

  5. 5

    Wrap cling film around electrical connections, and tape the plastic in place to protect plug points from moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • Taller trees or trees with more branches need more lights. You don't need to wrap every branch, but the lit tree will look better with more lights.

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