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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Origami Business Card / Gift Card Holder DIY

Learn how to make you very own Origami Business Card Holder! It’s a fun and easy project that actually has many uses, one of which is for gift cards. Enjoy. #Origami #BusinessCard #GiftCard #Holder #DIY

 

Origami Business Card / Gift Card Holder DIY

 

I am so excited to be going to the SoFab On The Road blog conference in LA this coming weekend. And, I have been in a frenzy trying to get everything polished up and looking good. Making sure I am well prepared for the conference is high priority, so that I can make the most of the opportunity.

One of the things  I did to prepare was to create business cards for the blog. This was a fun project. I love designing graphics and stuff. But then, I thought, how will I carry these lovely new cards to the conference? I haven’t had a business card holder in years. Not wanting to have the cards get destroyed in my purse, I decided to make a simple Origami Business Card Holder. And now, I’m going to share that with you.

This Origami Business Card Holder will also make a perfect  Gift Card holder … the holiday season is around the corner!

DIY Origami Business Card / Gift Card Holder

How-To

  1. Trim the paper to the printed edge LEAVING the White corners. It should be roughly 8.5 inches x 10 inches.
  1. Fold the white corners back towards the un-printed side of the paper.
  1. Do this for all for corners.
  1. Lightly fold the paper in half the long way. DO NOT crease the fold. You are strictly providing yourself a folding guide.
  1. Open the paper, and place it print side down. Fold one edge to the center to meet your folding guide. Crease the fold.
  1. Do the same for the other side, so they both meet in the middle. Crease the fold.

 

I didn’t want to mess up any of my new business cars, so I grabbed a plastic gift card to help me with these next steps.

  1. Now, you have a long narrow folded piece of paper. One side is solid, while the other side is where the flaps meet in the middle. The flapped side, also has a “V” on each end.
  1. Use your plastic gift card and insert it into one of the ends. Ideally, you want the card to fit down inside the paper and leave just a tiny edge of paper sticking out above the card.
  1. With the gift card in place, you will fold that end of the paper over almost to the center. The “V” will be facing up. Crease the fold. You have created your first card pocket. Repeat steps 7, 8, and 9 for the other end of the paper.
  1. You can see the small gap left in the center between the two folded over  “V’s.”
  1. Take the plastic card out, and use it to help you fold the paper in half with the “V’s” on the inside. The card will help to make the bending edge crisp.
  1. Crease the fold.

Tips and Tricks

Because I will be using this as a business card holder, I want to be sure it has some strength to it, and will hold its shape well. You do not need to do these steps if you are using this as a gift card holder. The choice is yours.

I used small double-sided photo mounting tape squares that I use for scrapbooking. They work perfectly.

  1. Open up the paper, and place 2 stickers on the un-printed side. Position these about 1/3 of the way up the card pocket from the card pocket fold. You want the open end of the card pocket (that nearest the center) to be left unstuck. This will hold the flaps in place. Stick them down.
  1. Turn the paper over to the solid printed side. You will add 4 stickers (2 for each “V” flap). Make sure to put the stickers on the non-V side of the card pocket, so it will hold the card pocket securely.
  1. Carefully stick the card pockets down, making sure to line up the edges.
  1. You can place cards in just one pocket…
  1. Or, you can place cards in both pockets. The tiny bit of space we left on the edge of the card pockets and in the center, as well as the loose top 2/3 of the card pockets will allow room to carry multiple cards. I can easily fit 10 cards in each pocket.
  1. Fold it over to close your business card holder.

 

So, there you have it. A very simple and stylish origami card holder. Now all you need its some great paper to fold, right? I’ve got you covered! I have the lovely spring floral design pictured above, as well as a warm and wonderful autumn paper, and a Christmas paper too.

Download and enjoy!

Download: Spring Floral Origami Card Holder Paper

Download: Autumn Origami Card Holder Paper

Download: Christmas Origami Card Holder Paper

What other ways can you think of to use this fun DIY project?

 

 

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