What’s the cure for long, dark winter nights? White string lights, of course! Come see some unusual ideas for using string lights in your home and garden.
Related: These summer garden planters make great sparkling garden orbs.
When in Doubt, Add Lights
I find winter to be quite perfectly beautiful when the garden is filled with lots of dry seed heads and brambles and cold-hardy garden art covered in peaks of deep, drifted snow.
There’s just two things that make it better.
- Providing water and feed for the winter birds, so they like to hang out in my garden.
- Adding strings of white lights to make it come alive after dusk.
Perhaps it’s a Canadian survival instinct to love the snow and cold? A polite concession to the inevitable? No matter, when I’m safe and warm at home and do not have to travel on treacherous roads, I’m all in.
Fresh-fallen snow and sparkling lights are indeed so very beautiful. Romantic, even. And it gets even better when you take it beyond the mantel or roof line.
12 Unusual Uses for String Lights
1 Turn on broken umbrella frame into a star | Hang it from the ceiling for a funky chandelier.
2 Make a lighted tree screen | Hard to explain-you have to see it!
3 Transform a rustic ladder | Let’s face it. Old ladders are simply awesome.
4 Tie up Ryan Gosling | …in lights, silly.
5 Pimp your (bike) ride | I love this idea for all year round.
6 Make a campfire in your livingroom | Artsy and fun.
7 Give a hula hoop a night life | Pretty!
8 Create a night-light rug | I find this quite fabulous.
9 Use your words | Spell a word in rope lights.
10 Make a tree of lights | This one could be challenging but it looks great while it lasts.
11 Put ’em in a jar. Because it’s pretty. | Kind of like fireflies.
12 Give your art some inner light | Fun idea. Could work for all kinds of art.
Types of Lights Used in These Projects
These links show the products on Amazon. But I always encourage frugality first: use what you have!
- String lights | Make sure you pick a style that will work for your project. Some have bulky lightbulb covers or extra-thick lines.
- Fairy lights | Look for battery operated, LED, and solar-powered ones if you don’t want to have to plug them into an outlet.
- Rope lights | These are great for forming words in cursive writing.
Pin Your Faves
I hope these 12 unusual ideas for using string lights (and rope lights) in your home and garden spark some new ideas and have you dreaming up some amusing new ones.
All of the project links go to my Light up Your Life Pinterest board. From there, you can visit the source for each image and view any tutorials provided.
Whenever you use a product in a manner different than the manufacturer intended you have to accept and assume the risks. If you are unsure of the safety, just stick to conventional uses for your lights.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛