Don’t pack up all those Christmas mini lights! (Or if you did, buy some now for 75% off!)
Here is an extremely easy, quick, and inexpensive DIY project for your new year. A big bang for your buck. If you have the supplies you need you could do this job in 30 min. What could be better?
So you may have seen recent pics on Pinterest of curtains hung behind headboards with lights in them, sort of trendy and cool way to spice up the bedroom vibe. We moved into a new place in May of this year and I did hang a curtain as you might remember from my previous DIY post. Well I’ve got a new idea for you, and the good news is it can work with or without a curtain behind your headboard.
Here is what you’ll need:
- A string of 100-150 mini Christmas lights (can be green or white cord, doesn’t matter)
- A pack of two adhesive hooks, you can get them at most stores for less than 5 bucks. I used Command Brand damage free hooks. Size large. They probably need to be at least an inch to get all your lights looped on there. You’ll see what I mean in the picture.
- An accessible electrical outlet nearby or an extension cord, if you’re at the store anyways, go ahead and grab one that has a foot switch like the one I’ve got in the pictures.
First, pull out your bed or couch far enough so you can walk behind it.
Second, mark on the wall the two places where you would like your hooks to go. *Be sure they will be well covered by the furniture when you push it back in place. You do not want them visible.
Third, open your pack of two adhesive wall hooks and read the instructions on the package to stick them to the wall, and then stick ’em! I just eye-balled mine and didn’t even measure because they won’t be seen anyways. I put mine about 2 feet off the ground and about 4 1/2 feet apart because we have a king bed. If you have a queen, etc, they may need to be closer together to stay hidden behind the headboard.
Fourth, string your lights by looping them back and forth between the hooks. They will be suspended off the ground this way, and will backlight the headboard by lighting the wall.
Fifth, plug them in with your foot switch extension cord. Easy to turn off as you climb into bed.
If you do decide to hang a curtain back there they will make the curtain glow and it is super pretty. The fabric should be pretty thin (not a blackout curtain!) in order for it to work. Maybe you just have artwork above your bed or a mirror or clock or something. This type of lighting makes everything look better! Plus you would use it when it’s dark in the room anyways so the bed can become the focal point. The pic below was taken during the day, but you can see how much light there is already. After dark it looks pretty dang awesome.
The best thing too is that no one would ever know it was there, so it can be your little secret (that is, unless you blog about it). Why not create a little New Years surprise for your husband? Or even Valentines Day? He’ll love it, especially when he realizes it cost less than a date to Chipotle! Happy New Year!