DIY string lights

Stylish, creative and atmospheric

Sometimes, you can create the loveliest things from the simplest of materials. Take this stylish light string, for example: made from everyday paper cups, it is illuminated with electric chain lights. Use the edding permanent markers to decorate the paper cups in your own style – and you’ll soon have an eye-catching set of string lights ready for your next party, or simply to use in your home as mood lighting for any time of the year. Choose between various stroke widths and a wide array of smudge-proof, waterproof colours. Or, if you prefer something finer, then reach for the classic edding 3000 or edding 400. For more striking designs, go for the edding 500 permanent marker. We chose a black-and-white design, but you could make your light chain multi-coloured instead, or simply pick your favourite colours. Follow our step-by-step guide and see how easy it is to make your own string lights.

Home decor
Living room
Permanent markers
Paper, carton and cardboard
Easy peasy
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Products and materials

Other materials

  • Small paper cups, one for each bulb
  • String lights
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife (optional)

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