christmas light storage

October 21, 2013 by Lauren

Wrap your Christmas lights on cardboard for tangle-free storage! 

Wrap your Christmas lights on cardboard for tangle-free storage! - The Burlap Bag

While you’re taking them off the tree or outside or wherever, just wrap them around a 7x9ish piece of cardboard. You can even keep multiple strands stuck together (there’s 2 in the photo above).

Make sure you leave the plug accessible – – but you might wanna tuck it into the lights a little so it doesn’t unravel – – and then next year you can test them before you place them nicely all around the tree and realize that the whole strand is out or half the lights don’t work or it’s those crazy bright LED ones and the rest of your tree has the nice soothing golden lights…..

For extra measure, my mom always writes “TEST FIRST!” on the cardboard just so she remembers to test them.

I know this post is a little early and would be better timed come January, but I figured if I posted it in January, some people would be like “oh man, I just put away my lights and could’ve used this tip!” SO – – – pin it now on pinterest///remember this sucker for post-holidays :). (or maybe you’ve gotta put away some Halloween lights in a couple of weeks!) 



  1. erica says:

    Totally going to do this! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Jess Barbuto says:

    I do this, it works so well!

  3. Claudia says:

    Such a great tip! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Abby says:

    This is such a good idea! I should do this Christmas when putting away the lights again.

  5. Sarah Zemke says:

    This is a great idea! Half of my battle is always unraveling the lights before even getting them anywhere near the tree!

  6. Michelle B says:

    I think I need reminded of this every year. I still end up stuffing them into a bag!!! Reminder, please, in January :)

  7. Abby says:

    I will have to try this!

  8. Erin I says:

    This is a great idea! I usually roll them into a ball. I know it sounds odd, but it actually works. Just take one end and start rolling it around itself until the whole thing is rolled up. That way they pack pretty small and when you go to hang them it’s fun to unroll the ball! But, I do really like this idea, too!

  9. Cassie says:

    My dad did this too when I was little! He also used to do it with the Christmas tinsel streamers.

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