DIY Christmas Bow String Lights

11/19/2012

Here I go again, covering string lights in random objects! You may look at those stick-on bows in the wrapping section and think “Really? People put these on their gifts?” Well even though some of you might think that these guys are the anti-christ of holiday wrapping, I happen to very much enjoy using them in non-traditional ways! Like as a lighting element. Duh! This tutorial literally has two steps, but it does take a little maneuvering and practice to make sure the bows don’t unravel along the way. Never fear, I have confidence in you and your holiday lights will be looking mighty fine pretty soon!

DIY Christmas Bow Lights

How to Make Christmas Bow Lights

Supply List:

LED String Lights (They get less hot!)**
Christmas Bows (I used dense, mini sized ones but they come in all shapes and sizes. Experiment as you please!)
Awl

To Make:

Carefully pull off the sticky tab on the bag of each ribbon. Make sure you leave it stapled though, or it will unravel! Starting from the top of the ribbon, push aside the bow’s loops and poke a hole through the bow. A few tips on doing this… If you have bows with lots of loops like mine, try to poke the hole slightly off to one side so you don’t have to go through all the layers. Push the awl through so the hole is just slightly smaller than the bulb of your lights. I recommend practicing on a few bows to get the hang of it before you go for the good ones!

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After you poke the hole, immediately push a bulb through it. If you poke all the bows and then try to string them, the holes what be as easy to see.

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And that’s a wrap! (Ha, a wrap!) I think these would be super cute along a mantle all decked out for Christmas, wouldn’t they!?

DIY Christmas Bow String Lights

DIY Christmas Bow Lights Tutorial

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 **IMPORTANT! A note about fire: These lights are not meant to be left on for extended periods of time or to be left on unattended. Please do not use these in your child’s bedroom or any other permanent place. They are solely for parties and holidays, supervised during and turned off after! Luckily the LED lights don’t even get as hot as the originals, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, nonetheless! So please promise me you’ll use precautions!? Thanks ladies and gents!**

 

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