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.

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

Starry Night Headboard

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Holiday lights are used to create a built-in night-light in a little boy's bedroom. Glow-in-the-dark stars accompany the moonlight for some extra sparkle.

©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.

Fill Blank Walls

Contemporary Neutral Living Area With Black Sofa and White Rug

Cozy Family Room Features Playful Lighting

Whimsical lighting steals the show in this cozy family room. Behind the sofa, string lights gracefully adorn the wall, and above the armchair, a lighted art installation adds a cool, crisp pattern to the space.

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.

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Illuminate a Patio

String Lights Along Brick Wall in Backyard Garden Area

String Lights and Lanterns Illuminate Garden

String up lights and lanterns around your outdoor space to give an enchanting twinkle to any garden party. The soft glow will invite everyone to linger outside in the nighttime summer air. Line lanterns and smaller string lights around your seating area, and hang a few off tree branches for a touch of ambiance.

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.

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Make Out-of-This-World Art

Create modern art that doubles as ambient lighting from plywood, trim and twinkle lights.

Create modern art that doubles as ambient lighting from plywood, trim and twinkle lights.

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.

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Highlight Your Wine Collection

Light Wood Wine Rack With String Lights Built Into Wall

Built-In Wine Rack

Bordered by string lights, this chic built-in wine rack features light wood racks for several bottles of wine.

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.

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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.

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Pretty Up a Playroom

Modern White Playroom With Teepee and Rope Swings

Dream Playroom Features Teepee, Rope Swings and Floor Cushions

Chango and Co. created every child's dream play space in this expansive playroom. Floor mattresses line one wall and are topped with playful throw pillows for crashing, a teepee provides a place for dreaming, and rope swings hang from the ceiling for extra fun. A bold Swiss cross pattern livens up the walls, and black trim highlights the architectural features of the room.

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.

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Accentuate Your Fireplace

Modern fireplace with twinkle lights

Fireplace with Twinkle Lights

If you want the glow of a lit fireplace but want to deal with keeping an eye on a fire, consider wrapping logs with twinkle lights. Here, white LED lights add a faint glimmer to the wood during the day and a soft, ambient glow at night.

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.

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