Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean its time to get rid of your strand lights. Dress them up for winter with a few fun and easy options — paper snowflakes, tissue snowballs, and tulle snowflakes. We could all use a little extra light in our winter days!

 – white paper

– white tissue paper

– white tulle

– strand lights

– yarn

 – scissors


1. Create paper snowflakes with your white paper and scissors to create a strand of snowflake lights.

2. Make snowballs lights with crumbled white tissue paper and yarn.

3. For more whimsical winter lights, use strips of tulle tied around each individual light.

Now, let’s get started!

Paper Snowflake Lights: First, we’ll show you how to create a strand of snowflake lights made from paper snowflakes, just like the ones you made in grade school!

First, cut your paper down to a square 8 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Then, cut your square into 4 smaller squares (4 1/4 inches x 4 1/4 inches). Fold your square diagonally into a triangle twice.

Next, cut your triangle at the center folded angle (make a very small cut so that it fits snuggly on the light) and then cut out various triangles

Finally, unfold for your snowflake and place on your lights!

Tissue Snowball Lights: Not only can you use you repurpose your Christmas lights, but your leftover tissue paper as well!

Cut a strip of tissue paper to create your snowball — you can use new or used tissue paper for this. Use a finger to wrap the tissue paper around. Gather your tissue paper together at the end where your finger was securing the paper and poke one of your lights through the gathered part.

Secure all the tissue together and to the strand of lights with yarn. So sweet!

Tulle Snowball Lights: Using tulle to create snowballs gives them a soft and whimsical glow.

Cut 5 strips of white tulle approximately 5 inches x 1 1/2 inches for each light (you can use more strips if you want your light to have more “poof”). Tie your strips around your light.

Once your strips are tied, trim the edges down to make all the strips equal and even them out around the light for a snowball effect!

And there you have it! A few fun ways to warm up your lights! Just make sure to keep an eye on your lights as adding paper to them can create a fire hazard.

What are your favorite winter party projects? Talk to us in the comments below.