How To Decorate With String Lights?

Light up your life with these beautiful, surprising uses for a holiday staple. Most of us associate string lights with the holidays, but they’re so much more versatile than you might think. Plus, they add a soft, calming glow to any space. From an illuminated faux headboard to a makeshift chandelier, here are 11 unconventional ways to amp up your space with string lights. Now go and light up your life!

1. String up photos: Here’s an inspired way to show off all those random prints you keep stuffed in a shoe box: Zigzag a delicate strand of lights on a wall, grab some mini clothespins, pin up your photos, and voila! A pretty, lighted photo display.

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2. Frame your desk: A single strand of string lights with large bulbs and two nails are all you need to cast a pleasant glow over your workspace. Tap in the nails in the corners of your wall and drape the lights over them: a fun alternative to a traditional desk lamp.

3. DIY marquee letters: This statement piece will add a personal, theatrical touch to any space. If you like the look but want a simpler take on the project, check out this mini version made from card stock and Christmas lights.

4. De-flame the fireplace: Unused fireplace? Here’s a safe and striking way to light it up — no matches required. We love this chic monochrome look, but a multicolored strand works too.

5. Fake a headboard: When it comes to creating visual interest in the bedroom, headboards can be difficult to move (not to mention pricey if you’re thinking of a design upgrade). But a strategically draped strand of lights can create a focal point in the bedroom just as well, with a soft glow to boot.

6. Mimic track lighting: A strip of simple bulbs installed on every other beam of a pergola adds just the right amount of subtle glow to an outdoor space.

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7. Make a wood-mounted “neon” sign: This cute, creative DIY could be interpreted in so many different shapes and colors. And the idea of using battery-operated lights to make it portable? Genius!

8. Create a chandelier: A loose tangle of white lights transforms this wire-hung piece of driftwood into a pretty, deconstructed chandelier. Perfect for rentals too.

9. Fill your empties: All you need is a drill, lights, and a few empty wine bottles to make a conversation-starting centerpiece.

10. Swap out a table lamp: You can’t get more minimalist than this fresh take on the bedside table lamp. And because it takes only a single nail to install, it’s an ideal lighting solution for apartments where you can’t do a ton of drilling and rewiring.

String light decoration for summer barbecue

11. Get crafty: This DIY garland made from mini red party cups couldn’t be more festive for a summer barbecue.

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