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Dazzling Retail Displays: Decorate with LEDs

Retail store owners hoping for a way to boost sales may want to consider something other than mailbox fliers and advertising campaigns. There’s a way to dazzle your customers so they won’t just walk on by. This type of visual merchandising is eye-catching, creative, safe, and a cost-effective marketing tool—LED decorative lights. Continue reading Dazzling Retail Displays: Decorate with LEDs

Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

Americans have many great holidays, and holiday traditions, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. Many of us celebrate these holidays by decorating, having parties, giving gifts, and traveling to be with family members. Americans love our holiday celebrations, and they wouldn’t be the same without the long-standing accompanying traditions, like turkey on Thanksgiving, trick-or-treating on Halloween, or Christmas lights on Christmas. However, most of our holiday traditions and customs result in a lot of excess consumption and other activities, that have an adverse impact on the environment. One of my favorite holidays, Halloween, is right around the corner and our celebrations of this great fall holiday will have a large adverse impact on the environment. It is estimated that Americans spend over $6.5 billion dollars on Halloween each year. Most of this money is spent on candy and Halloween costumes. Although much of the candy is presumably consumed, the candy packaging is not, and many of the costumes will be disposed. These are just two small examples of the environmental impact of Halloween. We are not advocating that we do away with Halloween candy or Halloween costumes; however, there is a lot we all can do to limit the impact our Halloween celebration has on the environment. Continue reading Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

Soft Lighting Keeps Monsters Away

As autumn descends into Fall, and long bright days pave way to dark evenings, a lot of parents are going to be awakened by their small child’s newly developed fear of darkness. According to WebMD, fear of the dark typically manifests itself around the ages of 2-3 when children reach the stage of brain development where the imagination takes off, but isn’t yet experienced enough to discern reality from non-reality. Continue reading Soft Lighting Keeps Monsters Away

Decorate Your Fall Festival With Themed Halloween Lights

You know it’s time for the annual fall festival when warm summer days turn to crisp autumn nights, and the leaves begin to turn a kaleidoscope of colors. A fall festival offers a family-friendly alternative to traditional Halloween activities, and they are the most anticipated fall event for school fundraisers, church get-togethers, and neighborhood celebrations. Continue reading Decorate Your Fall Festival With Themed Halloween Lights

Dorm Room Decorating: 6 Things You’ve Got to Pack

You’ve just arrived and are figuring out how to decorate an 8 x 5 foot space with cinderblock walls so it doesn’t look dull. There are many dorm room decorating products in stores, and numerous ideas on the internet. Here are a few of our favorites because they won’t break the bank and they won’t break school rules (usually). Each has great potential for creativity and fun. Get Mom or Dad to ship them for you (Express Mail)! Continue reading Dorm Room Decorating: 6 Things You’ve Got to Pack

Football Parties – Raising The Bar

Football season is upon us and if there’s anything better than watching your favorite team or watching your fantasy team win on a site like FanDuel, it’s watching your team or watching your fantasy team win surrounded by your friends! Great football parties take work, combining a fantastic party with the king of all spectator sports. You can’t control the outcome of the game, but you can host a top notch event! Here’s how to make sure your football party is the highlight of the season: Continue reading Football Parties – Raising The Bar

Summer Festival Magic: Decorating for Community Festivals

A Festival Every Night…

Summer is the time when people enjoy the magic of outdoor festivals. It’s been said that there are so many festivals in this season that a person could easily wander his state and hit a festival every night from June 1st to September 1st. If you’re a festival goer and love to get in the full festival vibe, why not check out Promotion Choice fanny packs so you have this core festival item ready to go! Most communities have their share of art festivals, wine festivals, community concerts in the park, and food festivals. But there are some that are noteworthy. Continue reading Summer Festival Magic: Decorating for Community Festivals

Creating Ambience in Restaurant Outdoor Seating

The Ambience that People Want

Restaurants with outdoor seating offer something that people want—the outdoor dining experience. A leisurely lunch, an evening celebration with friends, or a romantic dinner are more appealing in an outdoor setting with ambience. Whether it’s a rooftop terrace, an intimate outdoor café, an outdoor wine and coffee bar on a second story patio, an elegant restaurant with a breathtaking lake view, or a table for six at a covered beer garden — restaurants with outdoor seating are in demand. Continue reading Creating Ambience in Restaurant Outdoor Seating

Completed DIY Patriotic Star Frame

DIY Patriotic Star Frame

1-Patriotic Themed Frame
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2-Packs 4” Black zip ties (100/pk)

2-#45622R-B Premium Grade 5MM Red, Pure White, and Blue 70ct. LEDs
Additional Supplies – Needle Nose Pliers (tightening/cutting zip ties) & Extension Cord (powering lights while working – Always install/work with the lights on)

Before starting each color, you will want to open the set of LEDs – Stretch the set out, which will make it easier to work with.
Your starting point will vary based on your exact frame – It is best to determine your “path” before starting, as it is easiest to make one continual “line” instead of having to back track, which results in doubling up on lights you have to hide/cover. You will want to start with the first bulb on the set, following the male plug.

You will need to zip tie each bulb to the frame, as this will keep them “standing up”, and all spaced evenly. The bulb will be on the front side of the frame, positioned so if the frame was hanging the bulb would be pointing out at you. You will then zip tie, the wires coming out of either side of the bulb socket to each other, making sure the frame is in between the wires – FIG. 1 & 2

You will want to continue along the frame, zip tying each bulb at an even spacing. Once the frame is completely lit, you may or may not have extra bulbs. We had 4 extra bulbs that we ran down the bar on the left side of the frame – Which worked out for our frame, but for your design it might not. (FIG. 3)

I personally did not want to see those 4 bulbs, so I used the 5MM No Glow Caps to hide them. (FIG. 4)

These caps aren’t just for “extra” bulbs – You can use them to cover any bulbs you don’t want to see – Look at the difference it makes when the lights between the stars are covered. (FIG. 5)

Once you have all the bulbs where you want them, you can now make sure your zip ties are tight (a needle nose pliers is real handy for this, and saves your fingers!), and can cut the “tails” off. You will also want to zip tie your plug connections in place, so they don’t hang or come unplugged.
Now all you need to do is hang it, plug it in, and enjoy!