DIY String Lights for All Your Summer Parties

string lights
Get that summer glow going with DIY string lights. Whether you're chilling in the backyard or setting up for an outdoor wedding, these bright ideas bring instant ambience and that signature summer sparkle.

Colorful Blow Boxes

You know it's party time when A Subtle Revelry brings out the blow boxes. Give yours endless pops of color by giving every bulb a different hue. Get her secret here.

Good-as-Gold Lights

You know what they say -- all that glitters is gold. The Merrythought spray-paints their store-bought string lights in metallic gold for extra twinkle. Just be sure to unscrew the bulbs before getting your glitz on!

Pretty Pennant Banner

Talk about dreamy. Once Wed and Rifle Paper Co. take cafe lights to new heights in this DIY pennant banner. The secret to their glowy memo? A screw punch!

Patriotic Star Lights

Get your red, white, and blue on this summer with DIY paper stars. These 3D lights from Lia Griffith one-up sparklers any day. Use a mix of plain and glittery cardstock for extra sparkle.

Neon Memo

It doesn't get any cuter than this. This easy-peasy party memo from I Spy DIY comes together in a snap thanks to a hot-pink rope light and some wall tacks. Yep, we'll keep this one up year-round.

Poppy Paper Strands

A Subtle Revelry does it again with accordian-style paper light strands. The easy light covers hit all of summer's best: sunny yellow, grassy green, and, of course, coral. Now that's how you get glow!

Starry String Lights

Your party guests are in for a starry-eyed surprise. Jen T by Design turns on the magic with a whimsical display featuring simple string lights and cutout paper stars. Go with plain white, or dress it up in a slew of hues.

Hanging Mason Jars

Major beach vibes here. Mason jars defy the string-light norm thanks to some sand, tea lights, and string. Line them up on a tree branch for the ultimate summer backdrop.

Cupcake Liner Flowers

They may not be garden-fresh, but we'd take a bouquet of these pretties any day! Help them bloom with cupcake liners, paper leaves, scissors, and some glue.

Transform pretty cupcake liners into a protective cover for drinks, a popsicle-mess minimizer, and an embellishment for a basic string of lights. Your party just got cuter.

3 Genius Cupcake Liner Hacks

Whether you're serving ice pops or putting up lights, these cupcake liner tricks have got you covered.

Crochet Stars

Calling all crochet enthusiasts! Crochet your way to a gold (or pink!) star with Whistle & Ivy's fun tutorial. Dressing up string lights has never been so darling.

Glowing Cube Lights

Look to Wit & Whistle to whip up gorgeous cube lights using just printer paper and LED string lights! Her 20-fold tutorial will take you back to those cootie-catching days in no time.

Share the gallery



Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.