Christmas Lights on a Wagon

Our two year old is in full blown Christmas mode. We got our house all decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving and everyday when we turn on all our lights he still gets all excited. Well next week we are going to walk down Christmas Tree Lane and wanted to make it extra special. SO today I installed a strand of 60 white/blue LED snowflake lights on his wagon interlaced with tensile. It was pretty easy to do. Here's what I used.
  • 1 old motorcycle battery.
  • 1 cheap 12volt/120volt 100watt power inverter I got from HELL on EARTH (I hate going there but sometimes your left with few options) It was like $18.
  • Some scrap wood.
  • Some odd ball nails/screws and a big hose clamp.
  • 1 wagon.
  • A car 12 volt female plug (for a cigarette lighter).
  • Some cardboard.
  • Staple gun
  • 1 roll of Gorilla tape (I like it instead of plain old duct tape.)
Here is a picture of the inner workings...

This is the view from the back. I have a cardboard "hood" stapled to the back rest to hide some of the wood, wires, and extra lights. You can see the top of the motorcycle battery in the middle with the 12 volt female car accessory plug wired directly to the terminals. The power inverter I got is attached with an opened up hose clap screwed to the board. Kinda oakie rigged but it'll only be used once. Around the edges you can see strips of Gorilla tape holding the lights and tinsel.

Here's a look under the "hood". Under it is some scrap 2X4's nailed together (versus screwed because my drill's batteries were dead) to keep the backrest up and battery stable. I also had like five extra light I decided to store under the hood so one side of the wagon wouldn't look brighter then the other.

So there's a side view of the some what completed Christmas Wagon. We're going to fill it with blankets and pillows for the little guy. Maybe a cup holder for some hot cocoa would be a worthy addition.

I had it going for over an hour on a battery that was about half dead and has been sitting unused for six months. I think the light strand only pulls a couple watts (because there LEDs) so it should stay lit for quite a while (at least long enough to walk a few blocks to look at lights).

I couldn't wait till dark to see how it looked so here's a picture of in my messy garage with the lights off. The tinsel really sets it off.

So there you have it. A glowing Christmas Wagon. Hit me up if you have done this before or have any questions. The kid loves it and when we go down Christmas tree lane I'll add some pictures of it in action.


  1. that's rad Robb! I bet Calvin freakin loves it, hell I would and I'm almost thirty!
    Love jill

  2. We're going out with it tonight. Hope to get some good pics.

  3. Sooo cool Robb - congrats!

  4. Hi Rob,
    It really is a fantastic idea! Glad we got to see it in action. That's really cool that your idea got noticed and written up :) Way to go.

    Love Mom

  5. I was curious how long the lights would last? Awesome project.

  6. Thanks. I had them going for 3 hours the night of our Christmas tree lane walk and they glowed bright the whole way. THE LED lights only pull around 3-4 amps so I imagine they would burn for quite a while.
    The reason I went this way and not with cheapy AA battery powered ones is after a long search in our town non where to be found.
    This set up got a really great response from all the kids and Dads out for the walk.
    Side note: The power inverter also came with a USB port so I could have added our MP3 player to it (and kept it charged). Maybe next year.