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:
- 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: