How to Take Christmas Icicle Lights Down the Right Way


Icicle lights add a touch of realism to Christmas, especially in places that do not get snow or ice during the winter months. At the end of the holidays, there is always the temptation of taking one end and pulling until the lights come down, causing plastic clips to fly everywhere. But through a careful process, you can remove and store those lights with ease and no worries about having to buy replacements every Christmas.

Step 1

Begin with the highest level of icicle lights that are hung. Remove the clips that keep the icicle lights on the house one by one and place them in the freezer bag, except for one clip.

Step 2

Wrap each section of lights around your arm until it forms a loose, even loop. Be careful to not break any of the icicle lights. Plug the electrical ends into each other and use the clip to help keep the loop together. Do this for each strand and place them all on the ground.

Step 3

Plug each strand into a socket to ensure all the bulbs are still in working order. Replace any broken bulbs now so that you don't have to do it nine months later.

Step 4

Straighten out the loops until as thin as possible without getting tangled. Place the clipped loop of icicle lights on the plastic sheeting, stacking no more than two on top of each other. Roll the plastic evenly, ensuring the loops of icicle lights are relatively parallel as you roll them up. Tie the plastic wrapping with the twine and store in a dry place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Take all safety precautions such as using a working ladder when removing lights. Failure to do so can cause serious injury from falling.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic freezer bags
  • Long, plastic sheeting
  • Twine


  • Christmas Light Storage Items
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Paul Bright has been freelance writing online since 2006, specializing in topics related to military employment, mental health and gardens. He writes for eHow and Answerbag. He is also a federal employee in Northern California. Bright holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and is pursuing a Master of Arts in psychology-marriage and family therapy from Brandman University.

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