Tired of putting up the same old string lights as Christmas lights? They’re not just made for that purpose, you know. With a little bit of imagination, creativity, and DIY, you can come up with more than a dozen other uses for string lights. Here are some clever ideas to get you started.
Romantic canopy bed lighting
For an instant romantic vibe, arrange string lights around your canopy bed.
Bed frame mood lighting
If you don’t have a canopy bed, you can hang string lights around the bed frame or headboard instead.
DIY fairy lights
To make fairy lights, simply fill a bell jar with battery-powered string lights. It instantly adds a whimsical and magical touch to any space. If you don’t have a bell jar, you can use mason jars.
Glass bottles will also do in a pinch.
DIY flameless firepit
Create a smokeless, flameless fire pit with twigs, rocks, and string lights.
DIY light up headboard
Make a unique, interesting light up headboard that’s sure to be a centerpiece in your bedroom.
DIY modern night light
Put a modern twist on the night light using string lights.
DIY string light banners
Add a whimsical and festive touch to parties, bedrooms, creative spaces, or cozy nooks with any of these DIY string light banners.
DIY overhead lights
Thinking of installing overhead lights? Save yourself the trouble by making your own out of string lights. It’s cheaper too.
DIY sparkle mirror garland
Add glitz and glamor to any living space with this mirror string light garland.
DIY starry night
Give your kids the stars by mimicking the night sky in their bedroom with string lights.
DIY stuffed fox lamp
It’s a fox and it’s a lamp! Seriously, what’s not to love about this?
DIY twine ball lanterns
A unique lighting project you can finish in a day to light up cozy outdoor nooks.
Dress up a bare wall
Don’t know what to do with a boring bare wall? Make it sparkle like stars with tiny fancy string lights.
Or use string lights to decorate a wall with geometric shapes…
Illuminate a photo wall
Light up your Instax photo wall with string lights.
Instant space divider
How can you divide a space without adding walls or making drastic changes? With string lights, of course!
Light up a bicycle
Make night-time bike rides safer by lighting up your bicycle with battery-powered string lights.
Light up a bottom bunk bed
Bunk beds hold up string lights pretty well too.
Light up a creative work space
Make your home office a more enticing space to do meaningful work by decorating it with string lights.
Light up a divider
Add decorative touches to a plain divider with branches and string lights.
Light up a hallway
Dress up an otherwise boring hallway with fancy string lights.
Light up a hammock sanctuary
Trees, hammock, pillows, blanket, picnic spread, and string lights. Need we say more?
Light up a map
Here’s a really cool idea for travel bugs: a light up map to display on your travel altar.
Light up a mirror
Add fairy tale whimsy to mirror accents with fancy string lights.
Light up a rug
Just because you can!
Light up a terrarium
Take your DIY terrariums to the next level by lighting them up with battery-powered string lights.
Mood lighting for indoor spaces
Adding string lights to any indoor space sets the mood for a cozy, intimate setting.
Night stand lights
Instead of the usual night stand lamp, opt for night stand lights for a more modern feel.
Outdoor mood lighting
Use string lights to add a romantic and cozy ambiance to your backyard whether for casual hanging-out or intimate parties.
Party table lights
String lights are fancy enough to light up a party table.
Use string lights to spell any word you want to adorn a wall.