How to Decorate a Wall With String Lights

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String lights, or Christmas lights, are a great way to add a little extra flair to a room without overdoing the remodeling budget. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes that can complement practically any decor in any room of the house.

Things You'll Need

  • String lights
  • Thumb tacks or nails
  • Hammer
  • Measure the length of your wall. Measure the length of your string lights. Connect additional lights if needed. Plug in and test lights before installing.

  • Place thumb tacks or hammer in nails about a foot apart along the walls to be decorated.

  • Hang up string lights by attaching them to the thumb tacks or nails as you go, draping them between tacks, if desired.

  • Run light cord to an outlet. Use an inexpensive (about $15) cord cover kit to make the cord less visible or try running the cord down a corner of the room. Room corners are easy to cover with plants or other household items. Wall-colored tape also could help hide unsightly electrical cords.

Tips & Warnings

  • If thumb tacks or nails don't give you the look you want, try a staple gun. Staples will attach the lights more securely to the wall.
  • Act with caution when using a hammer and nails. If not careful, moderate injury may result. Make sure the lights are unplugged before using a staple gun to attach them. Also, be careful not to pierce the cord with the staples and note that too much pressure with the staple gun also could damage the cord.

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