8 Easy Ways to Transform Holiday String Lights

The best part about holiday string lights is that they can be used well beyond the holidays. Dress up a basic strand of string lights with these creative and easy DIYs you can make in a snap.

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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Pingpong Ball Makeover

Placing pingpong balls over traditional string light bulbs creates a soft glow. Go with a battery pack so you have more options on where to use these super-cool lights.

Wire Light Shadowbox

Wrapping the backboard of a rustic shadowbox creates a whimsical night scene that transitions from cute to chic.

Wire-Wrapped Manzanita

Enhance the sculptural properties of beautiful driftwood with copper-wired LED lights. The battery pack frees you up to hang it just about anywhere.

Spray-Painted Cord

Give seasonal globe lights a glam holiday makeover with a coat of dazzling metallic spray paint. So long, forest green; hello, holiday gold!

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

An ethereal take on a traditional green wreath, this embroidery hoop wrapped in floral tape and faceted bulbs takes holiday decor to another dimension.

Yarn-Wrapped String Lights

Nix the unsightly cord from your holiday lights by wrapping it with gorgeous dip-dyed yarn. Choose a yarn color that coordinates with your bulb color to really knock it out of the park. Then, leave them out all year long.

Holiday Bauble Party Lights

These multicolored lights get a fete-worthy update by adding frosted, round holiday ornaments over a smattering of bulbs. Randomly skipping bulbs gives the look a curiously modern edge.

Wreath Form Chandelier

With a few strands of battery-operated lights and a bit of chain, a simple wire wreath form becomes a show-stopping chandelier.

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Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond.

String Light Solution: Hang Patio Lights Using Planters and Wood Posts

Café lights add a gorgeous glow to an outdoor living space, but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to string them from. Here’s a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.

Easy-to-Sew Pillows

Add a splash of color and pattern to a room by sewing your own pillows.