Sunday, August 14

DIY Patio Lights

I've done a few posts already featuring different DIY lighting projects, but this one is a little different. It's EASY. Like, no tools required WHATSOEVER. I give you:


DIY Patio Lights!
 If you already have twinkle lights on hand (and who among us doesn't have a giant ball of tangled twinkle lights in the garage right now?) this project will cost you one dollar, plus tax.

Follow me after the jump!!


I've wanted some of the rattan ball string lights I've seen in Target and Pottery Barn, but they're all stupidly expensive. For example, this set from Amazon is $27.95:

SAY WHAT?
That price does not include shipping. And if you know anything about me at all, you know I'm not shelling out 30 bucks for a string of Christmas lights. Not when I can make them myself. For a dollar.

Dollar Tree sells these grapevine balls by the bag. They come in two sizes. I used the larger size, which is about 3" in diameter, just because that's what I happened to have.


In fact, I happen to have an enormous hurricane lamp full of them. You can find them in the floral aisle, near the wreath forms and ugly fake flowers.

So I emptied my hurricane lamp, untangled a string of lights from the ball in the garage, and voila!! A lovely set of rattan string lights for 1/30th the price!

They're cool inside or outside and the little spheres can be spray-painted any color you like before they're popped onto the twinkle lights. For the most part, the balls hold on just fine without any help, but you can apply a little hot glue to keep them more secure.

Happy DIYing everyone!!

108 comments:

  1. I love this! I'll have to look for those grapevine balls in my local Dollar Tree.

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  2. great idea! love the price too. :)

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  3. What a great idea... love it. I'll have to check out our Dollar store and see if they have any.

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  4. Visiting from New Nostalgia. I love this idea! It would be perfect for receptions and parties :) Great Job!

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  5. so cute! And you're so right about just going for the inexpensive alternative. Really great idea :) Diane

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  6. wow!! such a great idea!! i'm pinning this, then attempting it!! thanks for sharing!

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  7. I LOVE this! sooo cute!
    Shanna
    spagliuca@mac.com

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  8. Love this idea! I have seen these at the stores and never thought to make my own!

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  9. Great idea and they look awesome!! :)

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  10. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this! I saw it over at Linda's "Nifty Thrifty" blog party. I L.O.V.E. the Dollar Tree...I can get my "shopping fix" there without getting in trouble. I will look for these balls the next time I am in there. And Lord KNOWS I have me some Christmas lights.

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  11. Wow!~ Thanks for all the lovely feedback! Now I get to pop over to all your blogs and be nosy!! I love finding new blogs. It's my favorite way to spend the afternoon!

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  12. Very cool project! Thanks for sharing and also for linking up:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  13. Well, I just love that idea! Thanks for sharing your idea! :)

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  14. This project is awesome and so smart! Featured it today at http://www.craftbuds.com/fresh-picks-for-wednesday-8-17-11/

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  15. OMGosh! That is so ridiculously simple... why didn't I think of that?! This will be posted on "Friday's Feature", on my INSPIRATIONS blog this Friday :)

    That is getting done in the next five minutes. Or as soon as I can dig out those Christmas lights... which will take half the day!

    Thanks for coming to the Bunny Hop :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my main blog)

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  16. You are a clever endeavor! So cool! I'll have to remember that!
    STacey of Embracing Change

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  17. TOOOO cute! I gotta check out our dollar store and see if I can score some! Rock on!

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop Linky Party today,
    Smiles, Suzanne in IL

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  18. This is such a fun idea--and very creative! I love how it looks all strung up!

    By the way, I have having my first link party now, and would love to have you link this up to it.

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

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  19. I've eyed these cute lights for so long and like you, I just can't spend that much money on a string of lights! I can't believe how amazingly simple this is-you're a genius!

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  20. Those are beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up to Mine and Lindsays linky party "Show and Share"
    Come and visit, stay a while and follow

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  21. Heck Ya these are awesome! Come and link this to WorkShop Wednesday. It would be a nice addition to the party!

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  22. Shut the Front Door! Dollar Tree?!? Love this. Maybe Christmas with some metallic spray paint, huh? Shoot, if they're at Dollar Tree, I'll get some for Christmas and then leave some plain.

    Thanks!

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  23. OH MY GOSH! This is genius...and so simple! I am totally doing this. Thank you! :)

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  24. I found you over on Bunny Jeans blog. Great tip for the string lights!

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  25. Very cool! It's amazing the knock off's we can make with some patience and creativity.

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  26. I love luminary items and so this is right up my alley! Luv it! I included your link on my page because of it. : ).. Your idea is soo great!

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  27. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am heading for the dollar store ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. This is my favorite post for the entire week, I love this! I had to feature it right away :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/make-your-own-patio-lights/

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  29. What an awesome idea! We just moved to a new house with a screened in patio and have been wanting to get some cute lights for it, but they're so expensive (okay, not so expensive but we just graduated from college and have no money) we haven't been able to buy them. I'll definitely be using this idea! Thanks for the tip. :)

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  30. Wow what a clever idea! I'm heading to the dollar tree right after this post!

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  31. I LOVE this idea!!! Gorgeous and simple - doesn't get any better than that :D

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  32. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this last week at My Favorite Things Friday Party! You are in My Stay At Home Nation Spotlight this week! I can't wait to see what you share this week, & be sure to grab a button for your feature.
    ~Iffy~

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  33. Amazing idea!! I will have to share your idea on my blog (& link you of course), and I will have to give it a shot too, if my dollar store carries them. Totally ingenious. Thank you for sharing! GREAT job!

    owensolivia@blogspot.com

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  34. Too clever! we have a dollar store, but i don't know if they have these or not. if not....i'm off to joann or michaels to check!!

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  35. Great idea! The price was perfect too! t. xoxoxo

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  36. You said the magic words: spray paint! I'm going to need to pick these up - how great would they be for a party, painted to match the decorations? Thanks for sharing!

    Betsey at b.bar
    www.bybbar.blogspot.com

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  37. WOW!! Love this.. I am going to give this a go:)

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  38. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  39. You rock! I love those too and was too cheap to buy them....what a great knock off! I'm going to try finding some of those at my dollar store! THANKS!

    I hope you will link up to Scrappy Saturdays linky party @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

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  40. This is my kind of craft!!! Can't wait to check my dollar tree.

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  41. You are featured on AP Tuesday @ New Nostalgia! Thanks for linking up!!

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  42. Sad I couldn't find these at my dollar tree/store

    Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays, hope to see you back next weekend!

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  43. Great job on making your own DIY patio lights. I love them! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your project today on Sew Woodsy! Actually, you were the reader's choice with 14 clicks on your link last week. Feel free to grab a featured button and definitely come back tomorrow!

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  44. These are wonderful! thanks so much for linking up to VIF!

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  45. Brilliant! I've seen people making these out of balloons and string, but why bother?! Heading to the Dollar Tree this weekend. I'll use them for birthday parties and just spray paint them each time I need a new color. Thanks for the idea!

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  46. great money saver and a much better alternative than glue, string & balloons. thanks for sharing!

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  47. I sooo want to make this! I wonder if I can find the balls before next week-end? Great post! --michellepaige.blogspot.com

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  48. This is so cool. I have a multi-colored version of those grapevine balls just lying around the house.

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  49. Okay, Ms Crafty Butt...I'm going to get my butt to Dollar Tree today. Thx for sharing - love this!

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  50. Oh my gosh, I love these!! I can't wait to try this at my house :D

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  51. I love this idea its amazing!!

    Do you know other places that carry these grapevine balls? I just check the Dollar Tree and couldn't find these.

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  52. I got these at the dollar tree awhile ago and haven't been able to find them there again- huge bummer.

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  53. Fantastic! I am so putting these in my office! I've "Pinned" this on Pinterest so more people can see how FAB this tut is :)

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  54. Found this on Pinterest and I LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  55. I featured this last week and am just barely getting around to telling you! sorry! it's fantastic! http://kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/09/hanging-crap-shout-outs.html?spref=fb

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  56. I saw this link on pinterest and wanted to say I would have never thought to make them myself. I had loved those style lights for a while but would never pay the steep price for them. So glad I found this tutorial and your blog.

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  57. You can also make these! Just take a balloon and put a small tea light inside, blow up the balloon, take a long piece of yarn and dip it in glue, then start wrapping it around the balloon leaving large enough spaces between threads that you can stick your finger through. when the glue and yarn dry stiff enough, pop the balloon, take out the pieces, turn on the tea light and voila! you have your light! you can also not put in the light and have decorations or you could thread some string through the top and hang them from stuff :) I love this because it's very easy to do and very inexpensive!

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  58. I am totally doing this!!! Great idea!

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  59. That is so clever! I found one where you use rope, ballons, and glue to make this, but this one is darn easy and cheap as well. The result, fantastic! :) Thanks for sharing.

    Adin B

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  60. What a great idea. So simple I don't think anyone could mess it up! And inexpensive too!

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  61. I love this easy and very cute idea! I've made your post my featured article in my Do It Yourself Daily e-newspaper. Check it out! http://paper.li/KristaSuz/1319149946?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=paper_sub
    I'm also pinning this idea for our patio!

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  62. This is a really creative and impressive idea. Well they are quite the "it"-thing nowadays. Whenever I go to the mall and go to the home furnitures section, I always see this things.. It's nice if I could make my own ball with some simple stuff rather than rattan.

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  63. i looooooooooooooooooooove this! thanks so much!!!

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  64. love this!! thank you!

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  65. Love this idea looking for lights that are fun for our cabin this is perfect Thanks

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  66. I have gone back and forth about spending so much on decorative lights for the lanai like that. Thanks for sharing!

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  67. I love this idea; however, my local Dollar Tree/Store does not sell these balls. I am going to attempt making balls out of twine and glue using a ballon as a mold and see if that works:). I am then going to attach them to my tomatoe cages which I have turned upside down and spray painted gold. I am anxious to see how this works!

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  68. Love it!! Thanks so much!! Will make tomorrow!! :)

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  69. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  70. So very excited to do this!!! This is adorable, cheap, and easy, my favorite things!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  72. absolutely incredible idea!! I love it and I love deals. It looks like you spent more money and how cute!

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  73. Newest follower here. Love your blog. This is awesome. Come check out mine when you get a chance. Would love for your to follow and feel free to post any of your handmade items from your shop.
    Thanks,
    Jacque
    http://www.hopesanddreamsstudio.blogspot.com/

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  74. Awesome idea! Our patio lights just gave out last year, so this would be a great alternative!!! AND, as you said A LOT CHEAPER. I guess my only question would be -- are you using LED lights or the regular lights -- does the heat bother the balls at all?

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  75. The blog is really nice one and full of information we appreciate the kind of information you have provided in this post. The information are useful for all of us and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for this wonderful information.

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  77. So glad I came across your blog through Pinterest. Very cool! Paulette

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  78. Fabulous idea. I posted to fb. A couple of these rattan-ball lights (using low-watt bulbs) would also be great, I think, in the corner of a room.

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  79. Gonna try this one for sure....love it.

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  80. What an awesome idea. I have been looking at patio lights but they are so expensive. This price is perfect and they are so cute. Thanks for the idea!

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  81. Help! I can't find them anywhere.

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    1. I can't either M&M! Thought I had found some in Hawaii, but he wrote back and said for some reason he had just had a big run on them and was out of stock! Was totally bummed! Told him to get in as many as he could and I would link his page to my Pinterest page!! Hope he does...really need these on my deck, but done on the CHEAP!

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  82. Go one step further and make your own balls using grapevines or honeysuckle vines found in the woods. They're easy to make and just add the lights. This way you can make them the exact size you want!!

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  83. Better question, where in the world did you get that P-51 Burlap print from? It is fantastic! I'm an aero engineer and so is my fiancé. I would love to have something like that!

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  84. Can't find them at any of the local dollar store. Any other ideas?

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  85. Me either!! I've looked all over for these little guys. no luck... :(

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  86. I found a link to this DIY on Pinterest. It's an awesome tip; I think I'm going to have to try my hand at this! :)

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  87. Brilliant! I've seen these as a decoration before but I never thought about making them a patio light. I love it!

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  88. Great modern patio lighting design! These patio lighting design are safe and easy to install. Thanks.
    construction patio

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    1. How many come in a package?

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  89. Love this idea but so disappointed our local dollar tree doesn't carry them and I checked a few others. I am not giving up though!

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  90. I LOVE THIS IDEA !!! AWESOME, THANKS

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  91. Great idea, and I'm going to try this....that is if there are any balls left out there!! LOL!! Will just have to start looking, or try making them out of grape vine...either way, I will get some!!

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  92. I was sooo excited to try this ...I rushed right out to the Dollar Tree and boo hoo...they don't have them. the girl that works there said she's never seen them...(Rancho Cucamonga, CA)... She suggested i try other stores in the area...Maybe I'll try Hobby Lobby, but I guess they won't be a dollar...:-(

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  93. very cool. Going to make these to hang on the canopy of our RV

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  94. How lovely!
    I cannot believe they are so expensive in the shops!

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  95. I must check out my local Dollar Tree, I am so hoping they have these little grapevine balls. I love this idea!!

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  96. PERFECT FOR RUSTIC CAMPER LIGHTS OR GAZEBO LIGHTS

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  98. Thanks for sharing. I am going to look in my local Dollar Tree for this grapevine balls to put them in my back yard. Happy!

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  99. Great idea for any party, anytime of the year. At our former home, we had white Christmas lights(mini)stapled around the perimeter of the inside with silk ivy running all through it. Gave a nice glow at night and we even stapled some silk flower blooms in and out of the ivy sparsely. It made for a night ambiance in the evenings.

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