Make DIY Summer Garland Lights from Cheap String Lights

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

You might have noticed from my latest blog posts that I got pretty obsessed with twine recently. I made a planter hanging on chain crochet twine and crocheted around wire hoop to upcycle thrifted doilies to dream catchers. I love that natural rustic texture of twine and found it easy to crochet to create beautiful home décor. Today I brought you one more tutorial including twine – DIY summer garland lights upcycled from cheap led string light you probably already have laying around from Christmas time. And it includes some easy origami flowers too! Getting excited? Me too! So lets get going.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

TOOLS AND MATERIALS:

  • Twine. Check out gardening section at your local store for cheapest option.
  • Few sheets of colored print paper.
  • String lights. I got the most basic LED string lights with 10 bulbs for less than 2$ at AliExpress.
  • Shiny glittery beads to bring even more charm. As always I used some thrifted bead strands from my stash. You can check out my post for tips on hunting craft materials in thrift stores.
  • Glue gun or any kind of strong glue.
  • Crochet hook, scissors.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

I started by covering up battery device with crochet. I went totally free form here and just used double crochet stitch to make a kind of cylinder form to fit in that ugly plastic piece.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

Now using the same twine, crochet all the way up until you cover all the string lights. I used loose single crochet stitch for that.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

That’s how mine looks after finishing crocheting. Pretty alright even like this, don’t you think? But I want something more.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

Let’s make some origami flowers! You will need smaller pieces than standard A4 page. By folding your page like in my photo you have to make a square first. Just cut off the bottom part. Then fold that square in half and then in half again until you have 4 equal little squares. These will be your starting pieces for origami.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

I made 10 blooms using this tutorial from all-about-origami.com. They are very basic and easy to make even for beginners. One additional thing – cut the base of the bloom to make holes for putting lights in.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

They look so cute don’t you think? Let’s attach them to lights and make them shine.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami diy summer garland lights upcycle origami diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

Simply put one of your light and put it trough the hole in the base of origami bloom. Use glue gun to secure everything in place. I’ve put some glue on the inside as well as outside.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami




diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

Repeat this step until all of the lights are covered with blooms.

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

The final step is to attach some beads here and there using the same good old glue gun. This is how mine turned out in the end. Let’s light it up!

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

I love how it looks and these DIY summer garland lights are so versatile since they work on batteries! You can bring them outside, to your bathroom, or even tent!

 

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diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

diy summer garland lights upcycle origami

 

Will you be making diy summer garland lights? Or maybe you’re inspired and have some alternative ideas on reusing your old Christmas lights? Let me know in the comments section below! Also don’t forget to share what you make using #polkacrafts on Instagram. I love leaving nice comments!

Much love,

Sarune from Polka Crafts