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Decorating with lights – 20 DIY String Light Projects

Today I am sharing 20 DIY string light projects for indoor and outdoor Holiday decorations. Decorating with lights to create a magical scene for Christmas looks very unique and expensive. But you can definitely create these DIY light projects on cheap with easy tutorials found here. Lights bring a festive look to any event. And these ideas are not only limited to decorating for Christmas but can be reinvented through out the year for birthdays and other festive events.


Decorating with lights


Decorating with lights - String light projects


These ideas are super easy to make. And create a magical winter wonderland scene.


Let’s get started with these DIY ideas for decorating with lights.


DIY String light projects


Decorating with lights - DIY marquee sign board

DIY Marquee Sign Board

Merry and bright Holiday decor created with string lights and styrofoam cut letters.


Decorating with lights - DIY mason jar lights

Mason Jar lights

Festive entrance door decor using mason jars, wire and string lights.


Christmas tree on the wall using string lights

Lights Christmas Tree

A beautiful string light tree on the wall. Great idea for small spaces.


DIY Lighted forest scene

Illuminated Forest Shadow Box

Create a snow-kissed forest in minutes with four simple materials.


Decorating with lights - hula hoop and string light

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Hula hoop and lights a perfect outdoor project to lighten up your porch.


Hula hoop holiday decoration

Another fun idea to decorate with hula hoop.


Holiday lights lanterns

Fireflies lantern

Easy DIY Christmas decoration that looks beautifully festive with stargazer lights.


Christmas tree using tomato cage and string lights

Outdoor Christmas Trees

Tomato cage and string lights make great outdoor decor.


Decorating with lights - String lights snow globe

Lighted Snow Globe

Make a fishbowl snow globe with battery operated led lights.


Driftwood lighted tree on canvas

Driftwood Christmas Tree

Make a Christmas tree canvas with driftwood and string lights.


DIY tin can lights

Tin can lanterns

Make snowflake lanterns with template and hammered holes. Put string lights inside and voila!

Makes great gifts too.


DIY outdoor lights using snow balls

Snow ball lights

What a fun idea to light up the front! Lights covered with snow balls to make snow lanterns. It’s also fun to make snow balls for this project with the family.


DIY outdoor Christmas tree using string lights

String light tree

Instead of spending a lot on buying one, how about making an easy Christmas tree. Use twigs and branches from the backyard and attach them to a 2×4 wooden log with wire or string. Now hang the string lights or stargazer lights on it. You have a beautiful outdoor Christmas tree.


DIY lighted star tutorial

DIY lighted stars

Make North star using 8″ yardsticks or rulers found at lowes. Wrap lights on to it and hang.


Decorating with lights - glowing gift boxes

DIY glowing gift boxes

Make illuminated gift boxes for outdoor decor using plastic boxes and waterproof ribbon. Add string lights or battery operated bulbs inside.


DIY Christmas light balls for outdoor decorating

Christmas light balls

DIY Christmas light balls made with chicken wire and mini string lights.


DIY ping pong lights garland

DIY Light Garland

Ping pong garland made by cutting and pushing cafe lights into the balls.


Decorating with lights - Lighted branch

DIY light branch

Bring a tree branch indoor and light it up. This idea is also great for outdoors.


String lights card display

Light display frame

Love this Christmas cards display frame made with string lights.


Christmas entryway decor with garland and lights

DIY Glowing Garland

Just a simple addition of lights to the garland makes it look festive.


adding lights in the hallway

DIY lighted ceiling

Beautiful magical space created with hooks and twinkle lights in the hallway. I think this will be a wonderful idea for kids playroom or living room as well.


DIY light projects for creating a magical scene


I hope you enjoyed these DIY ideas of decorating with lights.

Using string lights to create a magical space using small and big scale projects.


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2 responses to “Decorating with lights – 20 DIY String Light Projects”

  1. Jane says:

    Where are the directions for these projects? I’m trying to see what is needed for the Illuminated Forest Shadow Box.
    Thank you! 🙂

    • Hani Shabbir says:

      That project does not have written directions, the image contains material needed to make it. I tried searching for it a lot but there wasn’t any! Hope that helps!

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