Clever Way To Enhance Your Home With String Lights

Have you ever looked at a string of lights and wondered, “What can I do with this without it looking too ‘Christmassy’?” I caught myself thinking about this as I still can’t believe it’s almost the end of January! I feel like just yesterday I was taking out my Christmas decorations from the garage, and now I am putting them away already. As I took the lights off of the Christmas tree, my 3 year old starts twirling the lights around and spinning like a princess. This got me thinking, what if I could use these lights instead of a lamp or ceiling fan light to make something really cute and possibly save energy? I knew I wanted to go for my little experiment.

Being that my daughter was the inspiration of my thought process here, I ran upstairs to her room to find the perfect place to start my project. So I got my creative side going when I found this great DIY tutorial on Pinterest for a Dixie Cups Garland. Here are the materials and tutorial for this awesome idea.



  • A pack Dixie Cups (depending on light count)
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook Paper/Cardstock (color or patterns are a plus)
  • 1 string of Christmas lights (any count)
  • Tape or Glue
  • Pencil


Ready for the Fun:


Carefully cut apart a Dixie cup and smooth it out so it is as flat as possible and trace it out. I recommend tracing the size a little over, to give you enough coverage (you can always cut out the extra after it’s been put together). You can now use this template to use as a lampshade if you will. You can make as many as you need, depending on light count.

Template for your "lampshade"

Template for your “lampshade”

Use the tip of your scissors, to perforate a hole on the bottom of your cups in the shape of an X. This is where your light bulb will go through.

Mark an X

Carefully perforate your marked X

Tape/Glue the paper to the cup as wrapping it around the cup. If you have any excess paper sticking out, you can cut it out.

Poke lights through the X Photo Courtesy of blog

Poke lights through the X
Photo Courtesy of blog

Pop in your light bulb in to the hole and plug it in to enjoy your beautiful lights!

This is what your finished project should look like. Photo Courtesy of Blog

This is what your finished project should look like.
Photo Courtesy of Blog

So don’t put your Christmas lights too far away because before you know, the Holidays will be back. You can incorporate your new DIY lights in to your Camden home everyday design and keep them around all year long. Follow our Simply Camden blog for more awesome DIY inspiration like this beauty.

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