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26 Gorgeous Ways To Decorate Your Home With String Lights

Time for your home to glow up.

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1. Wrap twinkle lights around a metal wire bed frame to create the perfect ambiance for watching a movie, reading, dozing off, or any other bed activity of your choosing.

You bed is already the best part of your house, so why not make it better?

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2. Don't have a nice light fixture over your dining room table? Hang two strands of globe lights low over your eating space for statement lighting at a fraction of the price.

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Check out more dinner party ideas at The Kitchn.

Get similar globe lights you can use both indoors AND out from Amazon for $15.95.

3. Add clothespins to fairy lights so you can hang printed photos, cards, or small artwork.

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Upgrade it even ~more~ by using colorful clothespins instead of regular wooden ones.

Get a pack of 100 clothespins in various colors from Amazon for $7.99.

4. Or try lights with clips built right in to cast a glow on all your favorite memz.

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Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

Promising review: "I purchased these for my daughter and she loves them. She immediately had pictures sent over from her phone to be printed so she could hang them on these clips. These clips are hanging across her bedroom wall and they look great! They are easy to hang with just some small tacks and they have a small battery pack attached at the end that we have tucked behind a shelf." —Heather D. Howard

5. Create custom light-up clouds for dramatic indoor weather with paper lanterns, batting (AKA stuffing), and string lights.

So you can have that cozy "it's raining outside" reading environment on even the sunniest day.

Check out the full tutorial at DIY Projects for Teens.

So you can have that cozy "it's raining outside" reading environment on even the sunniest day.

Check out the full tutorial at DIY Projects for Teens.

6. Pin a rope light to your wall and spell out your favorite word as a reminder to chill the eff out.

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Rope lights have a more concentrated number of lights than regular string lights, making your word much easier to read.

Learn how to recreate the look at A Beautiful Mess.

Get 18 feet of rope lights from Amazon for $16.99.

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7. Fill a bowl or terrarium with golden fairy lights for some added warmth.

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Hello cruelty-free, undying indoor fireflies.

Get these battery-powered ones from Urban Outfitters for $12 (on sale from $18).

Promising review: "Wasn't sure how these would hold up but they are perfect! I wrapped them around my railing outside for Christmas and they looked so dear. Very bright. After the holiday I brought them inside and put them in some lanterns. I haven't changed the batteries at all and I have them on 24/7 and they've been going strong for two-plus months now! Good buy." —Bootylvr

8. Or use lights specifically designed for bottles (complete with a glowing cork); they're perfect for empty liquor or wine bottles.

9. Intertwine lights with several feet of rope for a more low-key and rustic vibe that doesn't look like it belongs in a dorm room.

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Check out how to do it at A Merry Mishap.

Use a thicker manila rope and white traditional-style Christmas lights so the bulbs stick out of the rope.

Check out how to do it at A Merry Mishap.

Use a thicker manila rope and white traditional-style Christmas lights so the bulbs stick out of the rope.

10. Make your very own marquee-style lighting with plywood and globe-style string lights.

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Cut the plywood into the shape of your choice, drill holes where you want the lights, and feed the bulbs through the holes. Done.

Get all the specifics at A Beautiful Mess.

Get the same battery-powered globe lights they use in the tutorial from Amazon for $5.99.

11. If working with plywood is a bit out of your comfort zone, you get the same marquee light effect by using foam sheets instead!

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12. Highlight your shelves or vanity with a haphazard strand of warm fairy lights – it'll make your favorite makeup or beauty products look even MORE gorgeous.

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Another reason to invest in the prettiest perfume bottles.

Get the lights featured in the photos from Urban Outfitters for $12 (left) and $22 (right).

13. Keep your holiday lighting from looking too December-only; just remove the bulbs and spray paint all the green bits gold.

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Check out all the details at Landeelu.

Get the same top-rated gold metallic spray paint used in the post from Amazon for $11.53.

14. Illuminate a vaulted or recessed ceiling (or any other nook-like area) by hanging strands of larger globe lights on cup hooks.

Use large white café lights and white cup hooks so it blends in with your ceiling seamlessly.

Get even more ideas like this at Young House Love.

Use large white café lights and white cup hooks so it blends in with your ceiling seamlessly.

Get even more ideas like this at Young House Love.

15. Transform copper refrigeration coil into a glowing minimalist piece of art by simply entwining it in lights.

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In the words of Lorelai Gilmore, "Copper boom!"

Take a look at all the details at A Bubbly Life.

Get 50' of this copper tubing from Amazon for $37.02.

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17. Spray paint fake palm or Monstera leaves, attach them to your strand of lights, and hang above your bar cart to turn it into a mini paradise.

18. Or for a more special occasion (think fabulous soiree or wedding), go full force and add *real* greenery or flowers to your lighting with floral tape.

19. One-up people who keep fresh flowers in their house all the time with a strand of light-up roses.

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Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

Promising review: "These roses are a bargain! They have a wireless remote and plenty of blinking combinations. They also have versatility and can be used bunched up in a centerpiece bowl or strung out along the edge of a table etc. They definitely look more expensive than they are!" —Puck Man

21. Create the reading nook of your dreams by lining a hanging canopy with star-shaped string lights. Don't forget the cozy faux sheepskin rug for the ultimate in comfort!

BRB, transporting myself to this heaven immediately

Check out even more coziness on Emma's Instagram.

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22. Get that fireplace glow (without the heat) all year round; just wrap a string of lights around a pile of logs.

24. If you don't have a separate room or area for your home office, section it off with string lights to give it a different vibe from your ~relaxation area~.

25. Upgrade a vintage or repurposed ladder with fairy or globe lights; you can either lean it against the wall as a piece of decor or hang it from the ceiling as a killer light fixture.

And if you're ever worried about your lights getting too hot, opt for LED lights — they stay cooler than incandescent bulbs.

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Get these highly-rated ones from Amazon for $14.49.

Promising review: "They came exactly as described! I don't use any of the flash settings but I do know they work and the dimmer is perfect! I love that the remote has 100%, 50%, and 25% presets! It makes finding the right lighting so much quicker. I use mine every day and have yet to be disappointed. I intend to order more when I move into my apartment next fall!" —Lindsey Wilson

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