Colorful front porch with globe string lights

27 Things To Do With String Lights

String lights are the chameleons of lighting. They can be hung, strung, twirled or wrapped, and their versatility is the inspiration for thousands of creative DIY projects.

Before we get into this mega list of 27 unique ways to use them, let’s talk about what qualifies as a “string light.” By definition, a string light is a series of lights along a coated wire. From there, the variety flourishes, but I’ve narrowed it down to four basic categories:

Four different types of string lights

  • Mini String Lights are small bulbs in a variety of shapes and colors and are what you usually see wrapped around a Christmas tree.
  • Globe String Lights have larger bulbs in different shapes. You may also hear these referred to as Edison Lights, Cafe Lights, Patio Lights or Party Lights.
  • Fairy Lights or Micro String Lights are tiny LED lights (about the size of a grain of rice) along a very thin bendable wire.
  • Novelty String lights and Specialty Lights typically have a dedicated theme or purpose, like snowflake or pink flamingo string lights.

For every different type and name that they go by there are endless creative projects and decor ideas, but here’s a round-up of a few of the most memorable string light applications I’ve seen:

27 Unique Ideas for String Light Projects

Star fort made out of cardboard box and string lights
1 – Star Fort Cave via Life as Mama
DIY flameless fire pit with string lights and cardboard
2 – DIY Fire Pit via October June
Backyard wedding with string lights
3 – Backyard Wedding via Style Me Pretty

Nursery decorated with string lights
4 – Sweet Nursery via Wee Decor
Holiday mantles decorated with string lights
5 – Holiday Mantles that Shine
Romantic headboard with string lights
6 – Romantic Headboard
Image via AlbaDorsch.com
7 – Back Porch Bistro via Dorsch Interiors
Colorful front porch with globe string lights
8 – Colorful Front Porch via Simple Stylings
Glass lanterns with fairy lights inside
9- Glowing Lanterns via Gardenista
Glamping tent with string lights
10 – Glamping via Wild Goose Festival
Hammock with globe string lights between two trees
11 – Hang Loose Hammock
Backyard movie night with string lights
12 – Sparkly Vintage Backyard Movie Night via Hostess with the Mostest
Cauldron Costume on Instructables
13 – Cauldron Costume
LED Light Under Cabinet
14 – Bohemian Chic Under Cabinet Lighting
Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece 1
15 – Holiday Centerpiece
DIY Outdoor Lighting
16 – Mason Jar Lights
DIY LOVE canvas with string lights
17 – DIY Love Art Canvas via She Knows
Ping pong eyeballs painted on string lights
18 – Creepy Ping Pong Eyeballs via Landeelu
Pallet bed with string lights underneath
19 – DIY Pallet Bed via DIY and Crafts Ideas
Hula hoop chandelier
20 – Hula Hoop Chandelier via Sarah H Blog
Photographs hanging from string lights
21 – Photo Gallery via House Decor Idea
String lights wrapped around an old bicycle rim
22 – Bicycle Rim Art via Pinterest
Words written with string light on walls as art
23 – String Light Script via Apartment Therapy
Paper origami cubes folded around string lights
24 – Paper Cube String Lights via Wit and Whistle
Cupcake wrappers around string lights to look like flowers
25 – DIY Cupcake Flower Lights via Oh Happy Day
String Lights inside clear storage box as a light table
26 – DIY Light Table via Here Comes the Sun
String lights wrapped around trees
27 – Twinkling, Twirling Trees

Inspired? Check out our LED and incandescent string lights selection, and get started!

Renee Carlson

Renee Carlson

Renee specializes in digital marketing & content development for Pegasus Lighting. When she’s not blogging about all-things-light, you’ll find her nestled in the ‘burbs of Raleigh with her husband & three active boys, getting lost in her Kindle, tackling a long list of home improvement projects, or cheering on the Carolina Panthers.