Skip to main content

String Lights Done Right, Decorating. Finds & More

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Last week it got a little pinteresty in my new apartment.

After utilizing some unconventional wall hanging techniques this was the result.

So without further ado...

String Lights Done Right

 Supplies: 
  • Mini LED string lights (they don't get as hot as regular strand lights)
  • Extension cord
  • A mechanical timer
  • Sewing pins or small nails
  • A small hammer 
  • Tape
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Pictures (optional)
  1. Begin by taping the lights where you want them on the wall. Then, take a big step back and make sure they look even and centered.
  2. Now take a hammer and nails or sewing pins and gently hammer one in at each turning point of the strand. I prefer sewing pins because they leave holes that are barely noticeable, however there may need to be more than one pin placed at each end because the weight of the lights can be a little much for just one pin.
  3. Set up and plug the lights into your mechanical timer. Admire your work.
  4. Last and optionally, use clothespins to hang your favorite photos/magazine clippings/whatever.

My favorite timer is linked in the supplies list. I highly suggest purchasing it because it can be set to turn on for a 30 minute intervals or longer, and at one or more times a day.

Here are some of my other apartment decoration favorites.
An Eiffel tower wall decal, a lovely mirrored tray for my perfumes and candles, and of course sticky wall stars because I am still a 12-year-old at heart.
-Eiffel tower wall decal found here

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Target. I just really like shopping there.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Five Unique Things to do in Florence, Italy

A few years ago I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and fell in love with the city of Firenze. Florence, Italy is a city brimming with art and culture. Of course, you can take a look at any travel guide and learn about the top places to visit in the city, but I wanted to share my top five slightly more unusual things I would recommend you do when visiting Florence.


Visit a Secret Bakery
These are not your typical bakeries that are open during the day. Instead they operate a night, usually beginning around midnight. Pull out your map of Florence, or better yet your smartphone! Then use this link to find a secret bakery in Florence. Secret bakeries can be a little tough to locate, but it is worth the effort. Make sure you go in a group, follow your nose and whisper when you get close. Once you find it, politely knock and exchange a few euros for a bag of delicious Nutella filled pastries.



Spend the Afternoon or Evening at Piazza Santo Spirito
The Santo Spirito Neighborhood was my tempora…

Stay organized & Study Right in College

When I started college my study space was a post-it note nightmare with disorganized due dates haphazardly stuck to my desk, mirrors and textbooks. My grades suffered. High school had been a easy breezy whirlwind of practicing clarinet, guitar, piano and dancing to Lady Gaga with my friends. This was different. After my first semester, my grades were not the beautiful sparkling A's I was used to seeing. At first, I panicked. Then I pulled it together and got organized.



Here's how I did it! You can do it too!

Write It Down How you keep track of everything is up to you! You can use your phone, Google Calendars or a planner. Experiment and see what works best for you. Planners are my preferred way of keeping track because you don't have to keep them charged. If you choose to use a planner, invest in a quality one that will not fall apart before the year is through. My planner is from a small leather goods shop in my hometown. I've heard great things about Passion Planners

DIY: Quote Banner Wall Art

Fall is here, two months have passed and I still haven't decorated the walls of my new abode. Actually, since moving in, the walls have remained completely blank in most rooms. In the midst of unpacking boxes, going on weekend adventures, job hunting, and interviewing, I just have not found time for many do-it-yourself projects. However, I have been slightly proactive. I did make a trip to Ikea last month in search of decor, but left with only two succulent plants and some notebooks from the stationary section, no wall art. Slowly, but surely little things are starting to make this place feel like home. Maybe by Christmas I will have two pieces of DIY art hanging up around here.
Wall art brightens up a space and today's tutorial is a quick easy DIY that allows you to personalize your space. This wall art is inspired by all of the wall banners I've seen on Pinterest.

The distressed texture of the letters fits well with my space, but as per usual feel free to mix up the col…