Firefly String Lights

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Ideas for use:
Holiday decor
Photo props
Event decor (Baby shower, bridal shower, wedding)
Maybe on the Christmas tree? Garland & lights in one!

These are so easy to make!  I made the ivory strand for June’s baptism luncheon & the “sea foam” strand to add a little twinkle to June’s room for Christmas.

Materials you’ll need:

1 string of lights (I used 50 ct. white lights) 
2 yards of tulle (I used 2 yards, but it could take more depending on how ruffled & full you want them to be)
Lace (optional)

Cut squares of fabric & tie them along the wiring of the lights.  (Squares work better than strips for creating the ruffled look).  My squares were approx 7-8″ & I tied one on each side of every bulb.

For the lace version (ivory, pictured above), I cut larger squares of tulle, but instead of tying the tulle to the wire, I tied the tulle to the wire with the lace.

  1. Tracy Suzanne

    December 11th, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    So pretty. Love how you take the most ordinary objects and make them special.

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  2. Heather

    December 11th, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Very pretty light display…I especially love those vintage reindeer. I want them!!! Happy bloggin 🙂

  3. Dragonfly Treasure

    December 11th, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    LOve it, great idea!

  4. Showit User

    December 11th, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Thank you so much! More ideas are on their way 🙂 & Heather, I found the vintage reindeer at Homegoods for $10. I found them here also, but it's a European store…


  5. Jessica

    December 12th, 2011 at 8:30 PM


  6. Blessings from Cindy

    December 12th, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    These are beautiful! I can see using these at a wedding. Thank you for sharing!

  7. sanchja

    January 26th, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    love it!!

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    July 18th, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Your blog is fantasic! Definitely my style! I would love for you to come and check out my blog. Maybe follow each other?

  9. Esther Grubbs

    August 22nd, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    So cute! For the 2 yards of tulle, do you buy it in the spool that's like 6 inches or buy it like fabric?

  10. paintohappiness

    October 1st, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Please help in how to tie the fabric around the lights to get those ruffles like in the picture..not too artistic 🙁

  11. Betz

    November 14th, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    I agree! Please let us know how you tied the fabric to the lights!

  12. bwestern

    December 8th, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Cut them into about 8 in. strips (not squares) and tie them in bows!

  13. Anonymous

    October 17th, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    love this idea! I pinned it so I can remember to do this this Christmas! Would be a great idea in my booth space too!

  14. Dixie n Dottie

    October 17th, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    These are so pretty! Great job! 🙂

  15. Marissa Wong

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Thanks for the idea! 🙂 My friend and I did this for a Bridal Shower! Turned out great!

  16. Lori Lynn

    November 25th, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    I made this for my tree! So pretty! Thanks for the idea!


  17. Kerry Rupe

    November 26th, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Gorgeous! I am copying this right now and will post pictures to my blog!

  18. Ann

    November 29th, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Beautiful! Good idea for a wedding, too. I'm sharing this on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

  19. Ashley R.

    November 30th, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    These are so awesome I love them but I think I'm going to see how some red looks in it cause my tree colors are red and white…

  20. Anonymous

    December 6th, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Saw these on pinterest, it is so elegant!

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  21. Tania

    December 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Hello, I just wanted to Thank You very very much for this beautiful idea. My mom and I just put these up as part of our Xmas decorations and we've already received compliments! Merry Christmas.

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  23. Melissa Allman

    November 16th, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    For the ivory version above, could you please tell me the dimensions of both the tulle pieces and the ivory pieces?

  24. Karren Haller

    August 23rd, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Malorie, these are the prettiest lights, I really must try them and just happen to have what I need.
    I am pinning to share!
    I would love to have you share on my Oh My Heartsie Girls WW Wordless Wednesday
    Wishing you a great week! Hope to see you soon!

  25. Karren Haller

    August 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Sorry I mispelled your name Mallory:(

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    June 1st, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Wow, cool post. I'd like to write like this too – taking time and real hard work to make a great article… but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though. bathroom lights

  29. zerry ht

    December 21st, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Such an exotic lighting ideas with net flowers and exquisite favors. Red and white is the theme for ours with sparkling lights all over the Chicago event venues next week. Cute little Santa is ready with this basket and bag to surprise the guests. Cake and cup cakes with drinks are ordered along with variety dinner.

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