Hello there! I’m so excited to share with you these super easy DIY Outdoor String Lights, so that you can create beautiful mood lighting for your own space! I’ve wanted something like this for awhile but keep putting it off. I went to a wedding this weekend with gorgeous lighting and finally decided I had to create my own. I find there’s just something about this type of setting that puts me at ease and is so relaxing. This project isn’t difficult but it is very tedious and takes some patience. I’m definitely not a patient person so I really had to focus on the end goal to get through this one without giving up!
The first step is to collect all the materials you will need…hopefully you already have some lying around the house. I forgot to add the string lights and the corn starch to the picture of the materials…the lights I actually just used from our Christmas decorations.
- Container for Mixing
- 4-6 Balloons (depending on size)
- 125ml/4oz White Glue
- 2Tbsp Cornstarch
- 60ml/2oz Water
- Disposable Gloves (Optional)
- Foam Brush (Optional)
- Clear Spray Paint/Sealant
Your first step is to put some newspaper down to protect your work space because it will be very messy. Next blow up the balloons to your desired size, and then tie a piece of twine to the end, so that you have something to hang it with for drying. After this you can mix together the glue, water, and cornstarch in your plastic container until there’s no lumps.
After you have finish preparing all of your materials it’s time put on your gloves and get to work! It took me a bit of trial and error to figure out what worked best for wrapping the twine around the balloon. I found that cutting very long pieces of twine off the main spool, worked better than trying to wind it off the spool as I went along. With my cut pieces, I dipped them into the glue mixture until soaked and then started wrapping them around the balloon. The foam brush is optional, I started off using it and then found using my hands was easier.
While you are wrapping the balloon, keep in mind you will need space to thread the string lights through after. You can do as much or as little twine as you want depending on the look you prefer. I like them a bit daintier with less twine, but if you want a more rustic look, you may want more twine so they appear fuller. Once you are happy with the amount of twine you’ve wrapped, then you can hang the balloons to dry. I used a piece of wood between two chairs outside, but you could put an old sheet down, and tie them to the shower rod inside if the weather isn’t nice out.
I let mine dry for about 6 hours outside on a hot day. It may take more time depending on where you are able to dry them. As they dry the balloon starts to shrink or even pop and you are left with the twine ball. As you can see below, there is a lot of dried glue that you need to remove…like I said before this project is easy, but tedious! I was going crazy trying to remove the glue bits, and after awhile ended up using by husbands air compressor to blow out the rest. I’m sure many of you won’t have this option, but maybe more patience or you could do it while watching TV??
Once you remove all the glue from the twine, you can spray it with a clear coat if you want more protection. This will help protect it from the elements and last longer. I had planned to spray mine but I got too excited to put them up, so I haven’t yet but I do plan to go back and do it!
The last step is to take your string lights and thread them through all of the twine balls, to create your new DIY Outdoor String Lights. Once you are done you can string them up and create your new oasis! If you liked this post, please feel free to comment below and share on social media!
Thanks for reading!