String lights are some of the most versatile lighting solutions available and are increasingly popular in home decor. They can be manipulated to fit into any space, no matter what size or shape it may be. Similar light fixtures run on rigid tracks must be installed in straight lines. With string lights though, you get the glow you want and the versatility you need. You can even bring most of these projects to life on a moderate budget. Make a statement with one of the creative ideas below:

CREATE CUSTOM LAMPS

stuff copper or painted festive string lights into a container for a unique, custom lamp. Be creative with your choice of housing to reinforce the room’s theme or to display facets of your own personality. Use wine bottles in the dining room, or even any room if you’re a wine connoisseur. A rope added to a glass lid provides a rustic flare or may even suggest a nautical theme. Battery-powered lights can be used if you’d like to avoid the clutter and other inconveniences of an electrical cord. For a modern, minimalist alternative, simply hang a set of white string lights against a white wall, over a nightstand. This approach will create more free space on the nightstand while maintaining the familiar lamp+table combination.

String lights creating a minimalist lamp, saving space on nightstand

FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY

tape, clip, or pin photographs onto string lights for an eclectic and unique display that is bound to capture the attention of guests. The string lights can be given slack for a more casual appearance, or they can be held taut to organize the photographs in straighter lines. Alternatively, you may use string lights with some bulbs removed as spotlights to highlight specific pieces on your wall.

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take some bulbs out and use the remaining to highlight works of art.

CUSTOM CANOPY OR HEADBOARD

String lights can be draped over the frame of your canopy to create a faux headboard. The appearance is exceptionally dream-like when the entire canopy is covered with festive lighting. Alternatively, a headboard can be build from 2x4s with crossbeams, and stuffed with string lighting. Use polycarbonate sheets to create a translucent container.

string lights over a canopy creates a dreamlike environment.

BE CREATIVE

Festive string lights can be decorated in endless fashions. Tie some kind of accent between each light, like the photo of the bows above. In this case, the bows translucence creates a dream-like quality by softening the harshness of each individual bulb. Miniature lamp shades can be crafted from miniature cups wrapped with printed or textured paper. You may even knit around a set of rope lights to create a light-up rug. Don’t forget to be creative with how and where you hang the lights. String lights across a long dining table will lengthen the appearance of the table.

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string lights across table