While at the hardware store earlier this week, getting distracted with these elbow pieces, I also managed to pick up some manila rope. For some reason as soon as I saw it I thought it would work well with a Christmas light strand. The braid is easy to pull apart so I bought enough to cover the length of a long Christmas light string.
Here's what you'll need:
thick manila rope (as long as the strand you want to cover)
string of lights (preferably white)
Begin with the female end of the light strand, weave it in with the rope by twisting the rope in the opposite direction of the braid. Continue to do this for the length of the rope until almost the entire string of lights has been twisted into the rope.
You can wrap it up in a circle like I did and hang it on yesterday's DIY hook or set it on a bookshelf or even the floor. I'm sure you could even use different kinds/colors of rope but I prefer this natural fiber myself. I love this because it can definitely be used as Christmas decor or just used year round!