Christmas Lights Update Romantic Headboard [Project 7]

Medieval headboard stained glass panels lit from behind.

While shopping for Christmas lights, I found a string of ‘icicles’ that was only 4 ft. 6 in. long — the perfect length for behind my headboard.

And the icicles — 2, 3, or 4-light mini-strings hanging vertically from the horizontal string — highlight my panels perfectly.

Christmas icicle lights hang between headboard & wall.

The only problem is the lights now highlight the red/orange area — I’d switched the glass colours because the translucent orange appeared so much darker than the opaque red against the blue wall.

Headboard in daylight when orange glass appears darker than red glass.

Now, the lights shine through the glass & the colours show truer.

No matter,

I love ’em!


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For previous posts on making my medieval bed, see Project 7–Raising Sun.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle



  1. Superb effect– beautiful! Just the fact that you have a stained glass medieval headboard is amazing enough, but your innovative lighting has taken it to another level. Great work, thanks for sharing! : )


    • Thanks so much for your great comment, Mark! Yeah, I LUV my headboard — I was just finishing Medieval Studies, had made my first lead came project, sleeping on a mattress on the floor, & wanted it raised high so I could see the ocean view out the window. You’ve reminded me of a special Christmas memory when I found the lights last year! Thank-you πŸ™‚

      I love your illustrative style & how you represent social problems — it makes us stop & think. Again, thanks so much for your uplifting comment — all the best to you for the holiday season & new year.


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