How to Decorate Walls With Fabric & Lights for a Wedding

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Decorating for a wedding is fun and exciting. One of the most inexpensive, quick methods to use is decorating walls with fabric and lights to create a magical atmohphere. This is a great method to use to define a dance floor area, or as a backdrop behind the bridal party table.

Things You'll Need

  • Several yards sheer or lace fabric or
  • Several sheer or lace curtain panels
  • Thumb tacks
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Stepladder
  • Several strands low-heat white twinkle lights
  • Several strands low-heat white icicle lights

Lights Over Fabric Method

  • Start at the top edge of the wall. Use tacks or a staple gun to attach fabric to the wall. Fabric can be attached flat, or pleats can be added by pinching a fold into the fabric and tacking the fold to the wall. Cover the desired area with fabric. You may need to use a stepladder to reach the top of the wall.

  • Use tacks or staples to tack the bottom edge of the fabric down, unless you prefer to have a free-flowing look to the fabric (like curtains). Fabric can also be cut extra long in order to "pool" it on the floor along the base.

  • Hang icicle lights across the top edge of the wall over the fabric, Tack into place with thumb tacks. Gently arrange the icicle lights so they hang down properly. Plug in the lights.

Fabric Over Lights Method

  • Tack several strings of low-heat white twinkle lights to the wall in a zigzag pattern stretching from the top to the bottom of a wall. Do not use the staple gun to tack the lights to avoid stapling through the wire. Cover the desired area with the zigzag light pattern.

  • Staple or tack lace or sheer fabric or curtains over the lighted area, either flat or with pleats, as instructed above.

  • Tack fabric at the bottom, or let it flow free to create a curtain effect. As above, fabric may be cut long and allowed to "pool" on the floor. Plug the lights in.

Tips & Warnings

  • The amount of fabric you will need depends on the area you are covering. Note that sheer or lace fabric generally comes in 36-or-45-inch widths, while curtains generally come in 45-to-108-inch lengths. Curtains will also have deep hems at the top and bottom, so you will have to decide whether you want the hems to show. The number of strings of lights also depends on the area you are covering. Measure the area prior to shopping for materials.
  • When using lights with fabric, be sure to purchase low-heat twinkle lights to avoid ignition of fabric. These lights remain cool regardless of how long they remain lit.



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