String Them In Style: 14 DIY Lights For Your Porch, Patio & Fire Escape

String Them In Style: 14 DIY Lights For Your Porch, Patio & Fire Escape

Tess Wilson
Jul 24, 2016
(Image credit: Brit & Co.)

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.

DIY Hamburger String Lights by Brit+Co (above)

Transform ping pong balls into the cutest little burgers in the world.

(Image credit: Massive Sway)

Polka-Dot Party Lights by Massive Sway

If you've got ping pong balls but prefer not to crave burgers constantly, use Sharpie paint pens to make these sweetly dotted lights.

Faux Floral Lights by A Subtle Revelry

I made a version of these from a Martha Stewart tutorial about five years ago, and now I want to make more!

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

DIY String Light Garland by Design Sponge

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.

(Image credit: Aww, Sam)

Plastic Food String Lights by Aww, Sam

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!

DIY Outdoor Lace String Lights by Kendall Jackson

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!

(Image credit: Drawn to DIY)

Pineapple String Lights by Drawn to DIY

This project makes excellent use of those little grapevine tangle lights that make you say, "Huh..."

DIY String Lights with Green Foliage by Snippet & Ink

This one obviously won't last forever, but it will be oh-so-gorgeous while it does.

(Image credit: Homey Oh My!)

DIY String Lights Garland by Homey Oh My!

Here's another one that requires greenery, but I think you could easily use some nice faux foliage.

(Image credit: Melodrama)

DIY Patrón Bottle Cantina Lights by Melodrama

This particular—darling—post was sponsored by Patrón, but feel free to use teeny bottles of the liquor of your choice.

(Image credit: Hello Lidy)

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Featuring String Lights by Hello Lidy

Bring some Southwestern flair to your fire escape with this plywood project.

(Image credit: Drawn to DIY)

DIY Marble Seashells with Gold Specks by Drawn to DIY

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.

Homemade Rope Light Sign by A Beautiful Mess

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.

(Image credit: The Merrythought)

DIY Painted String Lights by The Merrythought

And when in doubt, paint it gold. Or safety orange or copper or ice blue!

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