8 Ways to Use Holiday String Lights All Year Long

You don't have to give up that twinkly goodness just because Christmas is over. Incorporate festive holiday string lights into your everyday decor with these projects and ideas.
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If you're like me, your house looks its best around Christmas, decked out in glittering ornaments and twinkling lights. Once January rolls around and the festive decor starts to come down, things can look a little drab. If you have the post-holiday decorating blues, keep those string lights out of storage and tackle these projects that'll give your home a warm glow year round.

Make a Lighted Headboard

15 Easy DIY Headboards: Starry Night

15 Easy DIY Headboards: Starry Night

©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

If you're handy with a drill, you can make this impressive DIY headboard complete with a lighted moon. In a kid's bedroom, the string lights serve as a built-in nightlight.

15 DIY Headboards

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Sweet Dreams

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Fireplace Mantel Headboard

Photo By: Frank Murray

Picket Fence

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

It's Not Metal

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Sail Off to Sleep

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

He Wishes It Was His Bed

©Design by Chris Hill

Cottage Style

©Design by Michelle Scheibe

Statuesque and Upholstered

©Design by Janell Beals

Photo Frame Headboard

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Rustic Style

©Design by Chris Hill

Enchanted Forest

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Twinkle, Twinkle

©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

T-Shirt Collection

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Homemade Slipcover

©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Duct Tape Headboard

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Fill Blank Walls

Cozy Family Room Features Playful Lighting

Cozy Family Room Features Playful Lighting

Photo by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish

Claire Esparros for Homepolish

If bare walls have your home looking a little "blah," put string lights to work. In this family room by Justin DiPiero, a zigzag of lights looks like a sculptural installation above the sofa and softly illuminates the space.

25 Ways to Fill Blank Walls

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1: Washi Tape Pattern

2: Elegant Sconces

3: Kitchen Art Gallery

4: Screenprint Art

Photo By: Chelsea Costa

5: Coffee Filter Art

6: Framed Maps

7: Rustic Baskets

Photo By: Tricia Messeroux © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. OWNED - No limitations on time/term, territory or media as long as the images are o

8: Photo Collage Wallpaper

9: Cork Board

10: Inspiration Quotes

11: Faux Taxidermy

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

12: Geometric Wall

13: Book Page Art

14: String Art

15: Baskets and Hats

From: Jane Ellison

16: Neon Tape + Black-and-White Photos

17: Vintage Plate Collection

18: Empty Frames

19: Vintage Art Gallery

20: Vintage Signs

21: Wide Stripes

22: Thrift Store Art

Photo By: Courtesy of Society Social

23: Jewelry Tree

24: Funky Light-Up Star

25: Wall of Mirrors

From: James Farmer

Illuminate a Patio

String Lights and Lanterns Illuminate Garden

String Lights and Lanterns Illuminate Garden

Give your outdoor space an enchanting glow by stringing lights around your deck or patio. Complete the ambiance by placing a few lanterns around your seating areas or hanging them from trees.

11 Outdoor Lighting Ideas

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Try DIY Pendant Shades

Go Stainless

Bring the Indoors Out

Give an Old Light Fixture New Life

Repurpose a Pot Rack

Hang a Candle Chandelier

Try Moroccan Style

Light the Way

Use Holiday Lights Year Round

Bring In a Feminine Touch

Light Up Your Party

Photo By: Via Food Network

Make Out-of-This-World Art

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

How cool is this lighted wall art? Pick your favorite constellations, paint them onto a piece of plywood, drill holes for the stars and push twinkle lights through the holes. Hang on a wall and wow all of your guests.

DIY Wall Art Projects

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Make Your Own Cork World Map

Bulldog Cork Art

Photo By: David A. Land

Black and White Photo Wall

Painted Baby Food Hanging Vases

Photo By: Melissa Edgemont

Coffee Filter Installation

DIY Monogrammed String Art

Painted Ombre Canvas

Photo By: Stuart Tyson/Studio D

Create a Herringbone Design With Washi Tape

Floral China Wall Art

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Oversized Plywood Artwork

Make Faux-Screenprinted Pop Art

Photo By: Chelsea Costa

Oversized Family Portraits

Make a Personalized Photo Mural

Make an Oversized Shadowbox Facade

Turn a Rug Into a Wall Tapestry

Fractured, Framed Map Art

Modern Map Art

Modern Geometric Painting

Turn Leaves and Foliage Into DIY Canvas Wall Art

Group Instant Photos Into Color-Coded Wall Art

Modern Melted Crayon Art

Turn Paint Chips Into Geometric Art

Create Origami Paper Wall Garlands

Highlight Your Wine Collection

Built-In Wine Rack

Built-In Wine Rack

Photo by: Sawhorse Design & Build

Sawhorse Design & Build

In this basement, Sawhorse Design & Build bordered a custom, built-in wine rack with string lights, but you could apply the same principle to just about any wooden rack. This simple idea transforms a storage feature into an eye-catching focal point.

Creative Wine Storage Ideas

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Rely on Riddling

Photo By: Cara Troell

Wine and Twine

Photo By: Beth Hunter

Transform a Wine Cart

Photo By: Kelly Rinzema

Upcycled Milk Crate

Photo By: Jeff White

Tipsy Wine Rack

Photo By: Dot & Bo

DIY Copper Pipe Wine Storage

Photo By: Laurel Stavros

Pallet Wine Racks

Photo By: Del Hutson Designs

Repurpose a Dresser

Photo By: Lori Gabrielson

Look Under the Stairs

Photo By: Vino Cellars & Accessories

Frame It Up

Photo By: Cold Creek Brewing

Oh, The Wine You'll Store

Photo By: Meagan Brockway

Space-Saving Wine Closet

Photo By: Lee Snyder

Modern and Minimal Wine Rack

Iron and Wine

Photo By: Pottery Barn

Perfect in the Pantry

Make a Marquee Letter



Trendy marquee signs can be expensive to buy (either new or vintage), so why not DIY? Use larger globe string lights to make this oversized letter featured in HGTV Magazine, or smaller lights to make a mini marquee letter.

12 DIY Lighting Ideas

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Hula Hoop Chandelier

Create Your Own Modern Copper Pendant Light

Make a Stacked-Books Table Lamp

Turn a Beaker Into a Kitschy Lamp

Photo By: Zach Desart

Easy Gold-Dotted Lamp Base

Photo By: Courtesy of Emily Hart

Make Your Own Light-Up Letter

Dress Up a Paper Lantern

Make a Starry Lampshade

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Revive a Table Lamp With Washi Tape

Transform a Flea Market Find

Photo By: Lara Robby/Studio D

Transform a Basic Lamp With Twine

Make Egg Basket Pendants

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Pretty Up a Playroom

Dream Playroom Features Teepee, Rope Swings and Floor Cushions

Dream Playroom Features Teepee, Rope Swings and Floor Cushions

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

A string of lights adds instant dreaminess to any child's bedroom or playroom (or, heck, even an adult's room). In this amazing kids' space designed by Chango and Co., string lights are draped over a teepee so it glows within, creating the perfect spot to nap or curl up with a book.

21 Imaginative Kids' Rooms

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Up, Up, and Away!

Rustic Retreat

This Room Rocks

Crafty Converted Attic

Secret Fort

Photo By: Mark Boisclair

Whimsical Playroom

High-Up Hideaway

A Pirate's Life

Fit for Twin Royalty

Private Pink Lofts

Movie Magic

Welcome to the Jungle

Make Room for Muppets

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Enchanted Forest

Photo By: Tricia Messeroux © 2013, DIY/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Castle in the Clouds

Draw on the Walls

Twice the Teepees, Twice the Fun

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Storybook Nursery

Space-Saving Secret Bed

Groovy Tween Room

Vibrant Girl's Room

Photo By: Rachel Faucett

Under the Sea

It's Showtime!

Fun in the Forest

Pretty in Pink

Candy Colors

Indoor Treehouse

Cute and Bubbly

Rainy Day Escape

Reading Room

Photo By: Playoffice

Accentuate Your Fireplace

Fireplace with Twinkle Lights

Fireplace with Twinkle Lights

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

When the weather heats up and you no longer need the warmth of a fire, you don't have to completely neglect your fireplace; try wrapping logs with string lights for a glow you can enjoy year round. Here, designer Brian Patrick Flynn dressed up a fireplace with white LED lights.

8 Ways to Decorate the Inside of a Fireplace

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One Fireplace, Eight Ways

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Nativity Scene

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Book Storage

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Mismatched Candlesticks

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn


Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Potted Greenery

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Light-Wrapped Logs

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Metallic-Painted Firewood

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Potted Orchids

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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