One of my favorite family traditions is driving through neighborhoods and looking at Christmas lights. When I was young there was a particular neighborhood that had a contest with a prize of $500 to the most festively lit home. I know for sure that some of those homeowners spent WAY more than $500 to decorate — just for the bragging rights! It made it very entertaining for those of us driving through, and I’ve always loved lights because of it.
It’s definitely the time of year to indulge in Christmas lights, but not everyone loves the traditional red and green options. Sometimes you’re looking for something a bit more simple and/or sophisticated. I’ve compiled a collection of those type of lights, pretty and simple – they can be used at Christmas, for parties or even all year around. I would definitely keep these DIY paper cup lights up all year. If you’d like to see some more inspiration for decorating your own light strands (most with tutorials), continue through the jump!
Paper Bright 1 of 9Traditional origami folding makes the little light covers for this sweet strand.
Find the step-by-step at Wit & Whistle
Cupcake Liners 2 of 9With leftover baking supplies, you can easily make a pretty string of lights (holiday liners would work perfectly).
Get the how-to at Family Chic
Yarn Balls 3 of 9I would use fabric stiffener and leftover yarn to DIY these pretty lights.
See more images at Twig & Thistle
Egg Flowers 4 of 9Used egg or other food cartons provide the materials to make these pretty light buds.
Visit Nil for more pictures (site is in Norwegian)
Colorful Ties 5 of 9Use fabric scraps in your choice of colors to add a unique pop to your holiday decor.
See more images at Whitney Caroline Designs
Painted Whimsy 6 of 9Use leftover supplies to paint paper cups with your own color scheme.
Find out how it was done at Alisa Burke
Lacy Lights 7 of 9These pretty lights add a softer touch to your holiday decor.
Learn more about the project at Hayseed Homemakin'
Grapevine Balls 8 of 9You can spray paint grapevine balls any color you like before popping them into a light strand (no glue required!).
Get the how-to at Crafty Butt
Paper Doilies 9 of 9Doilies in various shapes and colors can add a unique accent to a traditional light strand.
Image featured by Flickr user Elena Kovyrzina
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