Well, to get back on thread a little bit, I ended up here from a Google search trying to figure out a better way to store my icicle lights.
At a previous house, I simply cut a small piece of plywood in the shape of an "H" (the middle bar being very wide), then wrapped the lights around it. This was OK, but obviously I was looking for a better way to store my new lights for our new house. Well that leads me to my solution.
I ended up creating a quick version of the "turntable" that was built by a previous poster. I built mine out of some scrap PVC and a couple of screws. I didn't even glue the PVC, as the natural tension is more than enough to keep the rig together. The basic "improvements" on the original design is: 1) it's PVC...cheap and easy!; and 2) it's flat and can store against the wall.
All that being said, next year I might make some PVC frames to go under the eaves (like some of the other posters have done). Great idea, probably less stressful on lights and super fast setup/teardown...just takes a little more room to store.
BTW, the brown pipe was just some smaller diameter stock I had laying around that I used to jam in the ground and let the rig spin. I could further compact the unit by removing the center PVC when storing...but why?
Anyway, 15 minutes of construction=a great solution.
Thanks to you all for your inspiration!!