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.

    Please stop by and take a look:

  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!!

  8. wHiT | Black Little Button blog

    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!

    xoxo, Femke
    By Button

  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.

  22. 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?

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