10 DIY String Light Ideas

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Nothing warms up a space like string lights. They add coziness, are painless to display, and are typically very affordable (you can often grab perfectly good options from the clearance section). Perhaps you’ve only utilized them during the holiday season, but they look just as pretty when hung up all year round. Lighted garland looks great draped over a mantle, hung above a headboard, traced around the perimeter of the ceiling, and more – the options are unlimited. Below are ten string light ideas from creatives that you can recreate for an added glow in your room or on a patio. Tips: Use LED lights as they save energy and are safer because they generate less heat. Adhesive clips will help keep your DIY string lights hanging without leaving any holes or marks on the walls.

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1. Ping Pong Bulbs

Photo Credit: Honey and Lime

These elegant spherical lights cost just a few bucks to make. Buy a bulk pack of pong balls and follow the instructions by Honey and Lime.


2. Gilded 

Photo Credit: The Boozy Bungalow

A can of spray paint and string of globe lights creates a high-end result. Get the (hilarious) step by step details from The Boozy Bungalow who shares, “They look fabulous on my black fireplace, but they’ll also look really nice on your Christmas tree, or wherever the hell you plan to hang them”.


3. Kitties

Photo Credit: Cakies

How adorable are these little black cat lights by Cakies; perfect for a fun room accent, Halloween, and crazy cat ladies alike!


4. Ombre

Photo Credit: The Merry Thought

This gradient garland made with lantern globes just might be our personal favorite. It’s easy to DIY with instruction from The Merry Thought, and the completed look is super versatile.


5. Cute Cups

Photo Credit: Jacks and Kate

It only took five minutes for Krisha at Jacks and Kate to upgrade her string lights with, that’s right, baking cups. The end result looks pretty sweet.


6. Starlight

Photo Credit: Mon Makes Things

Create your very own constellation with these star-embellished lights by Monica at Mon Makes Things. Pro tip: purchase twinkle lights for an added glimmer effect.


7. Natural Look

Photo Credit: Homey Oh My!

Even when unplugged, this string light DIY elevates the room. Amy at Homey Oh My!  lit up greens for a gorgeous look whether hung on a wall, over the patio, or laid upon a tablescape.


8. Personalized Pyramids

Photo Credit: Once Wed

Perfect for a celebration, one’s name, or displaying a fun message, letters are illuminated on this paper pennant garland. Get the details for these DIY string lights over at One Wed.


9. No-Hassel Tassel

Photo Credit: Feathering My Nest

Accent a string of lights with tassels of various hues and lengths. Click over to Feathering My Nest to read more.


10. Paper Cutouts 

Photo Credit: Dream Green DIY

A string of mini lights and paper leaf cutouts resulted in this dainty display by Dream Green DIY . Plus, this fun piece is a quick way to add a pop of color to a plain interior.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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