18 Decorative String Lights DIY Ideas

Everybody loves twinkling lights. So, let’s have fun and get creative with some great DIY ideas for decorative string lights for home decor and parties! #StringLights #DIY #Craft

 

18 Decorative String Lights DIY Ideas

Get creative for any occasion or just because!

 

Light is an essential part of decorating. It sets a mood, creates ambiance, and delights. So why not add some pizzazz to ordinary string lights for your home decor, outdoor living spaces, entertaining, and more. Decorative string lights are perfect for everyday life or special occasions and holidays.

I have collected a roundup of amazing DIY ideas to awe and inspire you. Enjoy!

Paper Star Lights Garland from Lia @ Lia Griffith

 

DIY Candy Lights from Brittany @ Oh Happy Day

 

DIY Plastic Bottle Flower String Lights from Ana for Bob Vila

 

Origami String Lights DIY from Louise @ The Tiny Honeycomb

 

Vintage Mold Tins DIY Strand Lights from Chelsea for Homedit

 

How To Make Polka Dot Ping Pong String Lights from Claire @ Heart Handmade UK

 

DIY Cupcake Liner Flower Lights from Steph @ Oh Happy Day

 

Star Light Star Bright Light Garland from Monica @ on Makes Things

 

Firefly String Lights from Mallory Jane @ Hayseed Homemakin’

 

Black Cats and Friendly Ghosts String Lights from Rubyellen @ Cakies

 

DIY Dixie Cup Light Garland from Rhiannon @ Rhiannon Bosse

 

Egg Carton Flowers DIY String Lights on Instructables

 

DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks String Lights from Rose and Haley @ Popcorn & Chocolate

 

How To Make Origami Lights with Scrapbook Paper from Tara @ Unsophisticook

 

DIY Pineapple String Lights from Drawn To DIY

 

DIY Monogrammed Paper Pendant Lighted Banner from OnceWed

 

Pineapple Lights From Plastic Easter Eggs from Jennifer @ Jennifer Perkins

 

Mini Fabric Lamps from Nod @ Honest to Nod

 

 

So many creative, fun, and festive ideas, right? I hope you have been inspired, and I would love to hear about any ideas you have for decorative string lights.

Looking for other fun ideas for party decor? Check out Room Dividers – A Simple DIY Party Decor

 

 

 

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10 Beautiful Container Garden Ideas

A collection of 10 beautiful container garden ideas that you’re sure to love! Popular planters for versatility, space, lovely to make any setting a garden!

Well, folks, I have a right-hand crush injury. So, I am incredibly thankful to my friend, Michelle, for putting together this awesome guest post for me. Do be sure to stop by her lovely blog, Our Crafty Mom.

10 Beautiful Container Garden Ideas

Get creative and turn any space into a garden!

 

Hi! I’m Michelle from Our Crafty Mom and I’m happy to be guest posting at Life With Lorelai today. With Spring in full swing and Summer on its way, I put together a collection of 10 beautiful container garden ideas that I am sure you will just love! One reason I think container gardens are so popular is they are so versatile. You don’t need to have a huge space for container gardens and they look lovely in all kinds of settings. Let’s take a look at these gorgeous ideas from some of your favorite home and garden bloggers.

House of Hawthornes-Creative Container Garden Ideas

Duke Manor Farm-Knock Out Roses Container Garden

Flourish and Knot-Pretty Planters

Duct Tape and Denim-Patio Garden With Succulents

Rain on a Tin Roof-Tips and Tricks Container Garden

Nourish and Nestle-Container Gardening

Michelle James Designs-Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces

Our Southern Home-Container Garden Ideas

Empress of Dirt-Succulent Garden Ideas

Penny’s Vintage Home-Junk Garden

So many different options, but all beautiful! I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to visiting with you at Our Crafty Mom. Have a great day!

Thanks again, Michelle, for this beautiful roundup of container garden ideas! Be sure to see more from Our Crafty Mom on her social media:
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You may also enjoy these other amazing ideas for your garden.

 

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Easter Chalkboards – Creative Inspiration For Holiday Decor

Find creative inspiration for your own Easter Chalkboards DIY, or get a printable! Holidays are always fun for decorating, make this Easter special.

 

16 Easter Chalkboards

Creative Inspiration for Holiday Decor

 

I love holidays. So, I am always looking for creative inspiration and holiday decor ideas. And with my love of chalk art, I decided to gather some amazing Easter Chalkboard ideas for you. I hope they will inspire you and add a little holiday fun to your home decor.

So, let’s hop right in…

Easter Bunnies and Teacups – Printable Haven

Egg Hunt – The Painted Apron

Bunny and Tulips – source

He Is Not Here For He Is Risen – Dear Lillie

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way – HelloSugarMint Etsy

Hoppy Easter Bunny – source

Happy Easter Wreath – Ellis Home and Garden

Hippity Hoppity Bunny Silhouette – Clean and Scentsible

Happy Easter Tulip Wreath – Printable Haven

Rabbit Face – source

Easter Egg Garland – A Thoughtful Place

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today Alleluia – Less-Than-Perfect Life Of Bliss

Happy Easter Bunny Silhouette with Eggs – source

Happy Easter with Eggs – Freepik

Happy Easter Eggs – Printable Haven

Easter Blessings – Printable Haven

Aren’t these the cutest chalkboards? So pretty! I hope you have enjoyed the festive display and are inspired by these to bring a little chalk art into your Easter decor. Embrace the holidays!

If you are looking for another chalk art idea or a fun Easter tradition, check out my Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial.

Here is an Easter treat perfect for class parties, Sunday School, and more — Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem.

Perhaps the adults would enjoy a festive libation or two. Here are 9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love!

Celebrate with your family and friends. Enjoy the beautiful freshness of spring, and have a happy and blessed Easter!

 

 

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Garden Ideas, Tips and Tricks for Spring

Gardening is a fun and productive way to de-stress. Discover wonderful garden ideas and tips to plant, maintain, decorate, and beautify your gardens.

 

Garden Ideas

Tips and Tricks for Spring Gardening

 

Spring is fast approaching, and that means it is time to start thinking about your garden. So, I thought I would pull together a roundup of gardening ideas, tips, and tricks to help you along the way.

You will find a wide variety of information from planting; trellises; indoor, outdoor, and container gardens; disease prevention; pest deterrents; and more.

Planting and Growing

Sunflowers – How To Grow These Healthy Giants

Get a wow factor in your garden with these floral giants — sunflowers! Learn out to grow them from seeds and grow them to amazing heights.

Lilac Bushes – How To Plant Healthy Shrubs

Learn how to grow healthy Lilac Bushes. Lilacs are a gorgeous and fragrant addition to any garden and are one of the most carefree shrubs for maintenance.

5 Tips To Growing Gourds In Your Garden

Celebrate fall by growing gourds in your garden. Get 5 great tips. Use gourds for autumn decor, recipes, crafts, and more. Bird lovers will love them.

DIY Garden Projects

5 Metallic DIY Ideas For Your Garden

Check out these 5 Metallic DIY Ideas that are perfect for Your Garden! Easy DIY projects that add a little bling to your garden decor.

How To Create A DIY Rose Trellis

Roses come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Add a gorgeous DIY Rose Trellis as a focal point in your garden with a stunning climbing rose.

Indoor Gardening

How-To Create A Terrarium For Your Home

Bring the joy of gardening indoors with this fun and easy DIY Terrarium for your home. Add the beauty of plants to your home decor.

Container Gardening

Potted Plants Keep Your Deck Colorful And Festive

Keep gardening through the autumn and winter months with potted plants. get ideas for colorful and festive ways to make your deck a garden to enjoy.

Alternative Gardens

Aquaponic Gardening – Create A Self-Sustaining Garden

Ever wondered about an aquaponic garden? Aquaponics is a method of gardening that creates a system of self-sustaining gardening.

6 Ways To Create A Zen Experience In Your Backyard

Looking for quiet and tranquility? Take a cue from Japanese culture and create a Zen experience in your garden or a small Zen garden for inside your home.

Garden Maintenance

Shrubs – 5 Hassle-Free Trimming Tips

Great tips on how to take back control of your yard, and keep your plants healthy and beautiful with these how-tos for trimming your shrubs.

5 Most Valuable Home Improvement Investments

A garden beautifies your home. Get a few key tools to make the most of time and energy, and ensure you have the right tools for the gardening job.

Plant Diseases and Pest Deterrents

Plant Diseases – How To Identify Them In Your Garden

Keep your garden healthy and strong. Learn how to identify and care for common plant diseases. Plus get prevention and disposal tips.

Humane Ways To Keep Animals Out Of Your Yard

Animals can be destructive to gardens. Find humane ways to discourage and keep unwanted animals out of your yard with these great tips.

 

This post gathers a multitude of information and is a fantastic resource for garden ideas, tips, and tricks! PIN it to come back to for future reference.

I hope this spring and summer your gardens will be filled with beautiful flowers, shrubs, herbs, and vegetables. Take pleasure in the gardening experience, relax and enjoy!

 

 

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Throwing An End-of-Summer Party

Give summer a last hurrah by throwing an end-of-summer party! Find great tips and ideas from our regular contributor, Megan Wild.

 

Tips for Throwing an End-of-Summer Party

Say Good-bye to Summer with a Festive Bash!

 

Summer is starting to wind down. It may seem like it’s only been here for about three days, but you can still squeeze a few small drops of summertime fun out of it! While Labor Day has already passed, we still have a few more weeks of reasonable temperature left, so get your friends together to go out with a bang!

Go With a Summery Theme

You don’t have to choose a theme, of course, but it does make the whole party feel a bit more cohesive. Tropical is a pretty clear choice, too, but you can always branch out some. Beach themes, rainbows, flowers or even something different, like fairies, can make for a really fun summer party.

Even if you don’t want to do an actual theme, try to pick a color scheme to stick to. It’ll wow guests without making too much extra work for the hostess (or host)!

Make Use of the Summer Produce

The end of summer is prime time for a few choice food options. Melons are always a big hit now, and tomatoes are ripe for the plucking. This is also the best time of year for things like zucchini and peaches. Try making dishes with these options, like Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad, or perhaps some of these End-of-Summer Recipes. A seasonal produce guide can help you plan your menu for the summer party, especially since produce that’s in season will be cheaper!

Make Serving Simple

The key to simple self-serve is to space things out. Try and place things around so that people can pick and choose where they’d like to go. A table by the grill, one near the fire pit, drinks by a flower bed and a few appetizers close to the door or gate should do it. It keeps everyone from having to crowd around one area and gets the conversation flowing as everyone has a chance to talk.

You can even set up a kids’ area near some toys to keep the little ones entertained! If you plan to have lots of kids for a birthday party or some other family-friendly event, make eating fun, too! A big box of crayons and a tablecloth made of paper means little ones can spend their time playing instead of asking for the next activity.

Create the Right Atmosphere

There are really two aspects to creating a fun-going atmosphere: music and lighting. No matter what, you can’t go wrong with lanterns and string lights, or even this DIY Solar Lamp. When evening starts to set in, break out a few candles, and don’t be afraid to use the citronella ones! If you already have outdoor lighting, such as solar-powered garden lights, those should help add a dreamy atmosphere to your fun.

Of course, lighting isn’t everything. Music sets the mood before sunset, and even before you can see the festivities! Birthday parties should be fun, with dance music for adults or kids’ music to get little toes tapping. A swanky garden party will sound elegant from the driveway with classical instrumentals, and a laid-back barbecue will always be fun with a classic rock playlist.

Keep Bugs at Bay

No one likes to spend a party swatting away mosquitoes or fishing bugs out of their drinks. The end-of-summer always seems to be when the bugs get the most aggressive, as well, so do what you can to keep people bug-free. The most common idea is citronella candles, and they do work wonderfully. However, you can also offer other options.

Put out Bug Umbrellas, paper cupcake wraps to cover drinks, and try to incorporate some insect repelling herbs, like mint and rosemary, into the food. Insects don’t care for those smells, and it’ll help drive them away. Besides, there’s nothing as good as a honey-mint drizzle over fresh fruit salad! You can also check out these 35 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes.

Show off the Last of the Flowers

While autumn does bring some beautiful colors, nothing really beats the flowers from summer. Use this last shindig as an excuse to show off the last of the blooms around you.

If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of flowers still in the garden, plan to have some of the gathering spots around them. Place food and drinks near your late bloomers to draw people close to them. If your flowers aren’t nearby, then snip off some blooms and place them around. A few small, scattered arrangements add an air of whimsy without making the florals seem over-the-top–a perfect touch for your summer party.

Label It!

Many people don’t automatically announce a food allergy, especially if it’s not life-threatening. Others might be trying to stick to a specific diet. For those reasons, try to label things. It doesn’t have to be laborious, but some kind of simple system can be very helpful. A few different groups of things like “Vegetarian,” “Vegan” or “Allergen-Free” can save everyone an enormous headache, and keep them all safe. If that doesn’t fit with your setup, try a simple menu instead.

An end-of-summer bash is the perfect way to say goodbye to the warm weather. Remember to consider it from the guests’ point of view. The biggest factors are food, music and entertainment. Everything else is just gravy. So get outside and soak up the sun!

 

~Megan

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How To Create A DIY Rose Trellis

Think a rose is a rose? Find out from regular contributor, Megan Wild. She brings us another beautiful post to bring the glory of roses to your garden.

 

 

How to Create a DIY Rose Trellis

 

Not all roses were created equal. Some varieties of the flower dwell close to the ground and some are climbers.

If you’re keen on including a climbing rose in your garden, make sure you have a sturdy structure for it to grow skyward on. The perennial will need space to grow as it will spread and cover over the years.

Here’s how to build a trellis that will provide the structural support the plant requires while adding visual flare to your garden space.

 

 

DIY Rose Trellis

Time Needed:

Approximately 2.5 hours

Expenses:

$5 to $30

You can keep your costs down if you use wood from around your yard. Some people may tell you that you need willow, but if you’re pruning trees around your property, the small trimmed branches will do the trick.

Dimensions:

The completed trellis will be 7 feet, 4.5 inches tall and 3 feet wide.

Materials:

As you will be cutting wood, hammering nails and more, be sure to use the proper tools for optimal safety.

  • Box of 13/4-inch nails
  • Hammer
  • Floral wire roll
  • 12 straight branches (approximately one inch in diameter)
    • 3 pieces (3 feet in length each) [A]
    • 1 piece (6 feet long) [B]
    • 2 pieces (5 feet in length each) [C]
    • 2 pieces (each 25 inches in length each) [D]
    • 2 pieces (22.5 inches in length each) [E]
    • 2 pieces (39.5 inches in length) long [F]

Steps:

  1. Place [A] pieces horizontally on a flat surface.
    1. 2 pieces should be 18 inches apart
    2. 1 pieces should be 16 inches above the center piece
  2. Place [B] vertically across the [A] pieces. The end at the bottom of the structure needs to overlap the bottom [A] pieces by 4.5 inches.
  3. Secure the [B] to all of the [A] pieces with nails along the center joints.
  4. Place [C] vertically at approximately 3.5 inches in from the ends of the crosspieces.

 

  1. Secure the crosspieces to the joints with nails.
  2. Put [D] and [E] pieces diagonally, slightly covering the horizontal crosspieces.
  3. Secure with nails at the junction.
  4. Put [F] behind [B] and atop the [C] side pieces.
  5. Wrap floral wire around all of the main junctions to reinforce the structure’s strength.

 

Once you have the trellis built, choose a location for it and the rose plant. Roses can flourish in full sun as well as partial shade. It’s important to consider factors such as trees that can increase shade or metal roofs which can reflect sunlight more than traditional shingle roofs. These types of factors can greatly effect how much you need to water your roses to keep them healthy.

 

Now that you have the desired location for your rose plant picked out, place the trellis into the soil. Ensure it is low enough in the dirt that it will be able to stand on its own once the plant has grown and established.

When planting the rose, dig a hole where you want the flower to bloom. A good rule of thumb is to create a hole twice as wide as the roots and 2 feet deep. Once the rose is in place, water extensively. Cover the roots with soil and water again.

 

Rose plants are great addition to any garden as they provide vibrant color year after year. With a trellis to grow on, they’ll create visual interest through the added levels and dimension.

 

Megan Wild loves planting flowers in the spring. When she’s not in the midst of her garden of tulips and daisies, you can find her writing tips and ideas for her blog, Your Wild Home.

 

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Christmas Flowers

Christmas Flowers

Look what’s blooming in my yard…

 

These beauties opened up on Christmas Day in my yard. Aren’t they gorgeous? I wanted to share them with you, and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

As stated last week, the Home Matters Linky Party is taking a two week break to enjoy the holidays with our families. We are planning a fresh new look for the party, and  hope you will join us on January 9th when we return.

Returns January 9th…

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