My string light philosophy is to hang up a strand in December, leave it up all year, then add another when the next December rolls around. Perhaps this summer I'll do something a little more intentional—and adorable.
Transform ping pong balls into the cutest little burgers in the world.
If you've got ping pong balls but prefer not to crave burgers constantly, use Sharpie paint pens to make these sweetly dotted lights.
I made a version of these from a Martha Stewart tutorial about five years ago, and now I want to make more!
Take the floral string light concept several steps farther with this lush garland. It will be expensive, time-consuming, short-lived—and probably totally worth it.
I really want to make a set of these for The World's Greatest 10-Year-Old's room... and a donut one for myself!
My first thought upon seeing this tutorial—by our own Melissa DiRenzo—was, "Oh, no, it's surely not outdoor safe," but she hung hers on a covered porch, so you can, too!
This project makes excellent use of those little grapevine tangle lights that make you say, "Huh..."
This one obviously won't last forever, but it will be oh-so-gorgeous while it does.
Here's another one that requires greenery, but I think you could easily use some nice faux foliage.
This particular—darling—post was sponsored by Patrón, but feel free to use teeny bottles of the liquor of your choice.
Bring some Southwestern flair to your fire escape with this plywood project.
This tutorial just covers the making of the seashells, which you can use to jazz up any of the many standard seashell string light DIYs out there, like this one from Martha Stewart.
This project is from a couple of years ago, but I'm including it because it remains #goals. So far I've got a (20-year-old, nonfunctioning, mouse-nested) outdoor hot tub, I just need some rope lights, some repairs, and some fabulously haired friends.
And when in doubt, paint it gold. Or safety orange or copper or ice blue!