37 Cool DIY Home Decor Ideas with String Lights

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String lights are akin to condiments, they beautify and enhance. Unlike most other elements of furnishing, they require minimal effort. And yet, they seem to have maximum impact. Light, always effective, is never more so when in the form of string lights- a luminous strip that you can use to instantly brighten up a place. Even simply hanging them from the corner of a bedpost does the trick.

String lights are very versatile- they come in different forms, shapes and colours. They can be tiny blobs of brilliant white, twinkling slivers of gold or star-shaped cases of iridescent blue. It is almost a shame to not try different ways to use them- simple implementations that one can try (and pull off) at home. And with that thought in mind, here are 37 cool DIY ideas that involve string lights.

37 Cool DIY Ideas with String Lights

1. Wrap Them Around a Mirror

Via Thaineodoxon

Mirrors, I have found, are always fun to play with. They make for great focal points and make small spaces look larger (use your illusory tools when the real thing’s missing). 

What better way to make the mirrors in your home stand out a little bit more if not to drape string lights around the edges? 

2. DIY Lamp

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String lights with sizable bulbs can be draped around a stand to make a very agreeable reading lamp. The bulbs can be switched according to whim and requirement, while also lending your room a nice industrial touch.

3. Drape String Lights Off a Bookshelf

If you are as much of a bookworm as I, books almost certainly occupy a place of pride in your house. Draping string lights around the shelf ( artistically, mind you) only elevates their importance.

Added bonus? They can double as a reading light.

4. Frameless Photos

Via urbanoutfitters

A classic, this one, and the most popular perhaps- polaroids and string lights go hand in hand. If you have an empty wall in your home and do not know what to do with it, simply hang pictures of your friends and family, of your pets and your travels from a length of twine. Add in wreaths of string lights.

5. Constellation Canvas

Via Happinessishomemade

Every home, I repeat, every home needs one of these. A constellation canvas is classy yet fun, deceptively easy to make and has an unearthly, otherworldly vibe which is sure to charm the sock off of anyone who comes upon it.

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6. Party Cup Garland

Via Ashleemarie

This one is just right for parties- it literally has the word in it. Super simple, all you need to is drill a hole at the base of a bunch of party cups and attach them to the ends of the bulbs of a string light.

Pro Tip: Use cups in different colours.

7. Cupcake Flower Lights

Via Ohhappyday

To anyone who’s ever said that recycled decorations are not pretty, show them this one. Cupcake wrappers, distended, glued to the bulbs of the string light. As simple as that.

8. Christmas Garland

Via Createcraftlove

This fun and the easy DIY project involve string lights and burlap cut-outs of different colours (yes, you read right!) put together artfully to make a Christmas garland for the tree, windows or the headboard.

9. Porch Canopy

Via Opaquecanvas

Lighted canopies are beautiful to look at. All you need to do is strategically wrap the string lights around an existing framework to construct your DIY canopy.

10. DIY Chandelier

Via Realitydaydream

For the love of all things fancy and all things inexpensive. A string light chandelier is exactly the right mix of classy and quaint and is the perfect fixture to hang above your dining room table.

11. Photo Booth Backdrop

Picture this, a photo booth where the backdrop is a twinkling, serene stream of string lights.

12. Pumpkin Luminaries

Via Thisoldhouse

A personal favourite, these are perfect for Halloween month (and, for all year round!). Hollow out your pumpkin, drill in some holes and carve some faces, and finish up by inserting string lights in the hollow. And when it is trick or treat time, your porch is sure to be the crowd favourite!

13. Snow Globe Terrariums

Via Pinkpistachio

Snow globes are mini universes on their own, pristine and perfect. A DIY snow globe terrarium takes it a notch further, it lets you fashion a world of your choice, for you to look at and reminisce. Add to it string lights, and you have yourself a luminous ball of wonder.

14. Wine Bottle Accent Lights

wine bottle accent light

Wine bottles are usually long and thicker at the bottom and create the ideal drop for string lights to pool into. They make for attractive light fixtures, whether inside the hall or outside on the patio.

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15. DIY Paper Cube Lights

Via Witandwhistle

Origami, string lights, and glue. That is all you need to create a beautiful row of paper lights in a variety of shapes.

16. Hula Hoop Chandelier

Via Sarahontheblog

String lights bring with it endless possibilities, like this one. A Hula Hoop chandelier, minimal and tasteful, yet also quirky enough to cause raised eyebrows and amused grins.

17. Firefly Lights

Via DIYNetwork

I only recently discovered the joys of watching fireflies, as they light up and dim in the blurry depths of the night. Recreate the effect and the impact in your home with string lights and some white tulle.

18. Framed Card Display

Via Reasonstoskipthehousework

If you are someone who likes to keep postcards and birthday cards from friends and family close to you, here is an easy way to display them in a way both attractive and space-saving.

19. Glowing Bicycle

More ambitious than the other ideas on the list so far, A Christmas bicycle ( courtesy of the string lights) promises to grab eyeballs. You can take it out for a spin, or park it on your driveway for your neighbours to ogle.

20. Fairy Light Globe

Via Fromtheblushed

A globe of twine or wire, interspersed with glimmering bulbs of string lights. 

21. String Light Cage

Another light fixture option, a birdcage when wrapped around in lights is a magical sight. If you do not own a birdcage and are unwilling to buy one, fret not. You can fashion what looks like a birdcage with some metal wire, stands, and of course, the lights.

22. Candy Lights

Via Ohhappyday

Take your recycling game further, by using old candy wrappers as the foil for string lights. The translucent film will cause the colour to change, and voila, you now have a rainbow made of light!

23. Black Cat Lights

Via Mycakies

If you want to stir things around the house, maybe throw in a few spooks, this is the one for you.

24. A Bouquet of lights

A floral arrangement using string lights is certainly stunning. All you need is a tall vase( glass, if possible), string lights of interesting shape and some natural topiary.

25. Tin Can Luminaries

Via Thechaosandtheclutter

Simple and deceptively quick to manufacture, tin can luminaries are sustainable and appealing. Paint old tin cans with acrylics, drill holes to form either a design, name or shape, and put the lights in the can.

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26. Origami Lamp Shades

Via Brit

The name says it all. These lampshades can be fashioned out of the paper of your choice. 

27. Flameless Fire Pit

Via Freepeople

A fire pit for the blanket forts we all love.

28. A Tree of Light

An art-deco project that makes for a stunning sculptural piece for your living room. Arrange or purchase a strategic framework that looks like a tree (made preferably of wood), and drape the lights around it.

29. Christmas Canvas Art

Via Cleanandscentsible

A canvas with your favourite carol, and a line of lights running through it. No better way to herald the festive season.

31. Illuminated Canvas

Via Sprinklesomefun

Turn old and new paintings into dazzling visions of lights and colour.

32. Pixie Dust Lights

Via Styledisney

We have Peter Pan to thank for introducing us to the visual spectacle that is pixie dust. Impossible though it may sound, you can have your very own version of pixie dust, crafted out of string lights and lace.

33. DIY Cloud Lights

Via Diyprojectforteens

A rain cloud over your head and a light-cloud in your room to chase away the blues.

34. Glow Jars

Ditch the conventional lamp on your bedside table, and make a glow jar instead. As simple as it sounds, all you need is a mason jar and string lights of your choice. And of course, an electrical outlet.

35. Candle Accent

Light, encased in light. Wrapping lights around a single( or row of) candle(s) makes for a striking accent piece.

36. Glass Box Lantern

Simple but effective, a glass (or plastic) box lantern is both attractive and inexpensive.

37. Ping Pong Lights

Via Honeyandlime

An ode to the unusual and of course, to the game, ping pong lights are surprisingly attractive. All you need are string lights and a pack of ping pong balls. 

We have reached the end of my list, though hopefully not the end of my(and your) and imagination. String lights, as amply elucidated above are truly versatile, both in terms of appearance and function.

The next time you’re looking for some art inspiration for your house, you know what to do!