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Let There Be Light! 20 Festive Holiday Light Ideas

No matter what holiday you celebrate, no one can deny the festive awesomeness of Christmas lights. For weddings, birthdays, and holiday parties, the right string of lights is crucial to any event.


1. Starry Silver Lights ($12-$89): These teeny tiny lights are a great way to add sparkle to any part of your home. Great for a mini-tree!

2. Christmas Lights on a Bike: If you don’t have a tree or home to decorate, why not illuminate your trusty two-wheeled chariot? (via Millenion Design)

3. Paper Pyramid Lights ($42-$68): These gorgeous lights are made from printmaking paper scraps!

4. White & Green Cotton Ball Lights ($13): For a rustic but still colorful vibe, go for handmade cotton lanterns.

5. Outdoor Stars (DIY): If you happen to have a barn, star it up! (via Martha Stewart)

6. Joy Marquee (DIY): It’s surprisingly easy to create a custom marquee for any holiday. Stay tuned for a tutorial here on Brit + Co. (via Martha Stewart)

7. Firefly Lights (DIY): Love the romantic vibe of these lights made by tying tulle or tissue paper around a standard string of lights. So easy! (via Hayseed Homemakin’)

8. String Light Wall Tree (DIY): Don’t have room for a real tree? Make one on the wall! (via Martha Stewart)

9. Tripod Christmas Tree (DIY): Or with a tripod! (via Swiss Miss)

10. Christmas Lights Synced to Slayer (DIY): Sure this is so 2011, but it’s still totally awesome.

11. Rope Lights (DIY): For a rustic earthy vibe, combine string lights with rope. (via A Merry Mishap)

12. Felt Light Garland (DIY): Set on the lights but still need light-inspired color? Create this simple garland with felt and baker’s twine. (via Let’s Eat)

13. Dixie Cup Garland (DIY): Who knew Dixie cups could be so chic? (via Hey Gorgeous)

14. Puppy Lights! (DIY): Another option for treeless folks ;) (24 more dogs wrapped in Christmas lights here)

15. Mirror Garland & White Lights (DIY): Get double the light by creating a garland with small mirrors (usually available in tile form at hardware stores) and lights. (via Apartment Therapy)

16. Star Wars Lights ($30): Gotta get our geek points on.

17. Scrappy Ribbon Garland (DIY): Turn ribbon and fabric scraps into a colorful masterpiece! (via Whitney Caroline Designs)

18. Star Lights: Why limit yourself to just one star this Christmas? (image via Pinterest, DIY tutorial here)

19. Bulb Lights Necklace ($12): Or you can always wear your love of lights! This necklace actually lights up.

20. Motherboard Christmas Tree ($18): Speaking of geek points… :)

Bonus! Ryan Gosling Wrapped in Christmas Lights: We’ll just leave this here. You can thank us later.

How will you decorate for the holidays? Any DIY projects or fun products we should know about? Talk to us in the comments below.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*