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40+ Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas That Dazzle

Create a sparkling light display this holiday season with our top tips, tricks and product picks for bringing envy-worthy curb appeal to your front yard.

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Outdoor Christmas Lights Shine Bright

After you've decked your halls and your tree, it's time to take the holiday glow outside. From tips and tricks on hanging Christmas lights to clever DIY ideas that shine, we've rounded up our favorite festive ways to light your home for the holidays.

Here, a nostalgic Christmas scene is created with the addition of faux flame, electric candles in each window of the home. The classic holiday look is completed with wreaths, large red velvet bows and lights aplenty.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

DIY Luminarias

This year, tap into holiday history and make your own luminaria or farolito. These decorative, illuminated bags are placed along a walkway or front porch to help show guests the way and create a warm welcome. In some cultures, it's believed that these bright decorations guide the spirit of Christmas to your home. Make your own by weighing down decorative paper or plastic bags with sand or rocks, then thread a strand of twinkle lights through the back of each bag.

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Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brighten Up Your Bicycle

Put a vintage bicycle on display inside or outside the home by wrapping the wheels, frame, handlebars and seat with lights. To keep necessary wires from interfering with the look, stick with black extension cords, which can wrap around black tires, minimizing their presence.

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Photo: Flynnside Out Productions. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Sophisticated Lawn Art

Bring a playful glow to your lawn with oversized ornaments made from globe shades, food storage bowls and string lights. For more curb appeal, cluster them together in odd numbers and choose extension cords that blend in with your landscaping.

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