Lights Over Paris
These festive outdoor lights bring home the look of French bistro lights—without the overseas shipping charges. Achieve this soft lighting on your own by brushing the bulbs with Mod Podge before wrapping them with dyed squares of cheesecloth. BuzzFeed Life has the tutorial.
They may look like something out of a catalog, but you can make these jute-wrapped light shades yourself with just a few supplies—they're actually small (Dixie-size) plastic cups dressed up in jute twine. Make a small X in the base of each cup for the light to pop through neatly. Visit Ella Claire Inspired to see how.
Cups of Cheer
Here's another bright idea that relies on disposable drinking cups. Simply wrap each light in a medium-weight paper, using a flattened Dixie cup as your template. By changing up the color of the paper, you can make a set of these for any occasion—from a baby shower to Halloween. Hey Gorg has the details.
At the Drop of a Hat
Ever wonder what to do with birthday hats after the party's over? Upcycle them by creating a unique set of colorful string lights. Snip off the tip of each hat to fit the bulbs in place, then use a thumbtack to poke tiny holes for the light to shine through, as Crème de la Craft shows.
Want a beautiful set of custom patio lights that you can make using no tools whatsoever? This quick project uses only a string of lights and rattan balls, which can often be found by the bag at the dollar store. Just weave the cord through the openings in these rustic spheres, and the lights should hang on all by themselves.
Transform a strand of colored LED lights with nothing more than a bag of Ping-Pong balls. The only prep work needed is a small cut along the seam of each ball, providing an entry point for the bulb. Depending on the time of day, your new café lights will emit both soothing pastels and vivid primary hues.
Geometric String Lights
Bedazzle your lights with folded paper gems like these from Hello Hydrangea, where you'll find a template for festive cut-and-fold 3-D diamonds that wrap around each bulb. Attach a crepe paper streamer fringe to one of the facets to really amp up the set's party vibe.
If you're interested in more about holiday decor, consider:
25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments
Deck the Halls: 10 Festive Ideas for Every Corner of the House
10 Easy Ways to Add Christmas Curb Appeal
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