11 Diy Ways To Decorate With String Lights The Spruce

September 30, 2018 6:04 am by sandiego
String lights arent just for christmas
Glow and behold a bevy of fresh new ways to decorate your home
11 Diy Ways To Decorate With String Lights The Spruce

Group strands of lights to cover sections of a wire wreath frame, attaching with zip ties to the back of the frame. Here, three strands of 25-count lights cover a 12-inch frame. Plug your light wreath into an extension cord and see your garden fence in a whole new light. PRO TIP: Using clear and/or frosted bulbs means your decor project will look great year-round–not just at Christmastime.

In warmer months, string lights are often used to light up outdoor spaces such as patios and decks for dining al fresco. But instead of just stringing them up in the usual fashion, try making these light globes to hang overhead in the trees instead.

Globes are always popular string-lights decor. There are several different looks you can try.

Here’s another way to make a nightlight using a string of lights. Using LED lights to replace the stuffing in a stuffed animal is one bright idea for a baby’s nursery or a child’s room.

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Typographic art is certainly popular, and lately, marquee letters and signs are quite trendy. It’s easy to see your name in lights with just some basic craft supplies and light strands.

For evening entertaining on a deck or balcony, hang lights along fencing to define the perimeter of the party area. (As the sun goes down, the lights serve as a safety measure too.)

From left: White String Lights from Home Depot; White LED Dome String Lights from Target; and Martha Stewart Living LED White Lights

Follow Crafty Nest’s lead and use hemp string or twine to make your own woven sphere lamp like West Elm’s. Get a bouncy ball, Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue ($1.97 at Amazon) and some twine ($10.99 at eCanyons). Glue the twine around the ball, and when it’s completely dry, pop that ball. It takes a little patience, but the result is very cool.

If you’re like me, you wish Christmas were year-round. Not because you’re terribly religious or because you get gifts (well, there is that), but rather, it gives you an excuse to have pretty lights twinkling in your living room.

Drape a battery-powered strand of small string lights over a pile of wooden logs for a fire pit glow any time of year. Here, copper-wire lights illuminate stacked wooden logs.

Or you can bust out some cupcake liners and make pretty, pretty flowers, too. Over at Oh Happy Day!, blogger Steph Hung details how to make delicate flowers out of cupcake liners. You don’t need to do much: Just fold your cupcake liners in half three or four times and make cuts on the top. When you’re done, cut an X in the cupcake papers with an X-Acto knife and pop the head of the light bulbs through them. You can layer the papers to give the impression of leaves and combine different colors. Ridiculously cute.

Hang string lights from wall to wall above an outdoor room to create an intimate starlight glow.

I know you’ve got wine bottles lying around your house (c’mon, admit it). Get one, drill a hole in it (per instructions from Bob Vila) and place lights inside. Whoa, instant new lamp!

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for December 25. We can put up lights and keep them up 365 days a year! But instead of hanging an unadorned string of lights, let’s get creative—really, really creative.

Tuck strings of globe lights under cloches to create lanterns along a garden path. (Creating or improving garden pathways is easier than you think.)

String lights have become a popular decor item and are an inexpensive way to light up backyards, year-round. As opposed to its seasonal sibling, Christmas tree lights, outdoor globe lights can put a classy spin on an outdoor space, with some careful styling, of course.

Woven Sphere Lamp by Crafty Nest (left), inspired by West Elm’s Abaca Pendant, shown right

Clockwise from top left: Hanging Wire Laterns; bottle lantern from Bob Vila; and patio jar lights

Egg Carton Flower Light from Instructables (top) and Cupcake Flower Lights from Oh Happy Day!

As winter approaches and the days get shorter, nightlights come in handy when the sun goes down. This clever idea utilizes an upcycled window, some bare twigs, and a string of lights to make a unique piece of wall art that mimics the look of a wintry scene, and also illuminates a dark hallway.

DIY site Instructables’ Egg Carton Flower Lights project requires you to be a bit creative and have a couple hours to spare. You do. Simply cut up the cartons, paint them using Craft Smart Acrylic Paint (33 cents at Michaels), and string a hole in them for your light. Flowers are now glowing above your head.

Too lazy to cut things and make flowers? Yeah, me too. Regular old cupcake liners work, too. The trick with these is to get fancy or more-decorative liners and let them do all the hard work. That’s the advice by Meg at Happy Looks Good On You. She used a set of liners from Ikea, but you can use anything you want. I like the options at Bake It Pretty, especially these Pumpkin Orange Polka Dot Liners (50-pack for $4 at Bake It Pretty).

For a cute, whimsical spin on the patio light, get Ping-Pong balls ($7.95 at Amazon), a multicolor string of LED lights, and follow the instructions detailed over at Say Yes. Now your backyard looks like it belongs somewhere in the Hollywood Hills.

Hang string lights at ceiling height to define separate spaces in the yard. Chose colored bulbs to add dimension and style.

Tricia Romano is a freelance writer who lives and works in Seattle. She likes reading on her Kindle and writing about technology.

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The soft glow of string lights is perfect for bedrooms, but they can look messy if not hung with at least a little planning. These strands are hung from a “cloud” above the bed and have stars around the bulbs, creating a charming look day and night.

Every good DIY project starts with strong materials. White Wire String Lights ($5.48 at Home Depot) are easy to decorate with and won’t clash too much with the rest of your decor.

Another great way to utilize string lights in the fall is to have them stand in for the candles in hollowed-out pumpkins. Several of these luminaries would make a gorgeous autumn display on a porch or fall mantel.

Weave together outdoor rooms by stringing cafe lights overhead between fence posts and trees.

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Making shades for each bulb on a strand of lights cleverly disguises the bulbs so that they look just as pretty unlit as they do lit. Use these lights in a child’s room, for parties, or over a desk for a fun way to light your workspace.

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Or make like the Crafty Butt blogger and grab some grapevine balls ($12.45 at Amazon) and string your lights through the inside of them. Who’s artsy now? (You!)

Accent a lush garden wall with a single draping strand of globe lights to signify an event space that begs to be photographed.

You may not have thought of string lights as everyday indoor decor before, except, perhaps, in college dorm rooms. But these DIY projects may change your mind. Hung alone, they have a minimalist, artsy-look that suits industrial spaces or city lofts. String lights can also be utilized as a lighting source for other projects, such as nightlights and artwork. Indeed, they have a soft, cozy glow that has a lot of appeal. If you love the ambiance Christmas lights create throughout the holidays and…MORE find yourself feeling reluctant to pack them away when the tree comes down, here are some other ways to use string lights throughout the rest of the year.

Display your photos, small art prints, or your child’s artwork clothesline-style with a strand of lights. This kind of display is great for home offices, playrooms, or other casual spots in your home.

More: How to make a rustic outdoor chandelier like this one using branches and trimmings you might otherwise have thrown away

Who says string lights can only be used with green garlands at Christmas time? This beautiful fall display was simply created with fallen leaves that were dried and pressed, then clipped onto a string of lights.

You can also take a humble old Dixie Cup (3 packs of 54 cups for $7.74 at Amazon), dress it up with cool paper, poke a hole in the cup and run lights through it. Over at Mustang News, columnist Corrina Powell covered her Dixie Cups in map wrapping paper ($3.95 at Paper Source), but get creative with whatever pattern strikes your fancy.

More: How to make a rustic outdoor chandelier like this one using

Or go for the more traditional Christmas lights with green wire, such as these Warm White LED Dome String Lights ($9.99 at Target).

Lights look surprisingly elegant when placed in Mason jars (12-pack for $21.95 at Amazon). Pick up a Mason Jar Hanging Wire Lantern ($38–$70 at Food52) or Mason Jar Lantern Hangers (starting at $19 at Etsy) and string ’em up. Look at that. You didn’t even have to buy something expensive from Crate & Barrel.

Create a beautiful vignette for your dinner party or improve a garden pathway with an enchanting display, whichever you decide to light up your yard, here are some suggestions on how to light up your backyard space.

String light strands along the roof perimeter of an outdoor room to accent party space. Here, lights glow against the redwood slats of an outdoor bar in a backyard retreat.

Feeling high-tech? Take a chance on these battery-operated Martha Stewart Living LED White Lights ($14.98 for a bundle of two at Home Depot), which come with boxes that let you control the lights with a timer and put them on phasing or flashing modes.

Strings of lights are ubiquitous with the holidays, but here’s a unique way to use them.  The colors in this DIY wall art created with glitter and fairy lights is neutral enough to keep up from Thanksgiving to New Years, yet still adds a lot of sparkle to your home for the holidays. 

For a more grown-up look, use a strand of lights with large bulbs to highlight the art on a gallery wall, giving it an urban, sophisticated feel.

There’s the age-old adage that candlelight is the most flattering lighting for a party, but one could argue that string lights work just as well — and not to mention, it is safer in the long run!

Wrap string lights around a thin oversized wreath and suspend in your outdoor dining area for a twinkling ambiance.

Make a grand outdoor space feel cozy—even enchanting—by creating a canopy of string lights overhead. As the daylight glow fades to night sky, the string lights softly illuminate the space.

Group strands of lights to cover sections of a wire wreath frame, attaching with zip ties to the back of the frame. Here, three strands of 25-count lights cover a 12-inch frame. Plug your light

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Sunset Magazine came up with some tips on how to create a gorgeous outdoor living space that is functional — and beautiful — into the nighttime hours.

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You can repurpose egg cartons and cupcake liners to make a string of lights so adorable that your kids will pale in comparison.

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