DIY Painted String Lights

DIY Painted String Lights @themerrythoughtI’ve always had a love/hate relationship with string lights. They’re warm and sparkly and set the most magical mood wherever you hang them. (See this party if you doubt me.) And when everyone I know in real life and everyone I followed on instagram bought themselves a strand of globe lights, I looked at the box of them every time I was shopping and every time I would decide not to buy them because I didn’t want a dark green cord hanging all over my living room. People spend hours creating desks and tricks to hide the hideous cords all of our electronics need, why would I add another to the mix?

Then Manda was painting the cord to her pencil sharpener a couple months back and I thought it would be the perfect solution to the dreadful green cord dilemma. I mean, I get that the green cords help it blend in when it’s on a Christmas tree – but I just want mine to hang up wherever I please. So gold it is! Which also makes it the perfect decor that will work for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
DIY Painted String Lights @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-String Lights
-Paper Towel
-Gold Spray Paint

How to make it:
-Unscrew all of the lights bulbs and set aside.
-Stuff sockets with little pieces of paper towel to prevent the paint from affecting the connection with the lightbulb.
-Hang outside and spray paint. This will take a few coats. Make sure you flip the strand or paint from the other side to make sure everything is covered.
-After paint is completely dry, remove paper towels.
-Put bulbs back in the sockets.
DIY Painted String Lights @themerrythoughtDIY Painted String Lights @themerrythoughtAnd now I’ve got a bunch of gold-painted string lights to hang all over my apartment and I don’t mind one bit! Gold can class up anything!

xo. Caitlin

  • rae tashman (@lovefromberlin)Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 10:44 am

    This is such a lovely and simple DIY that I plan on trying to do myself this year too. Thanks!

    Rae of Love from BerlinReplyCancel

  • Amy LynnTuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    I love those! What a great idea 🙂 the strands I bought were brown and black so I didn’t mind them, but my husband makes fun of me because I tend to paint everything gold! I’m surprised I didn’t think of this 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MarisaTuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Love this! I always get the white corded ones for decorating around the house but gold is so much better. Thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleTuesday, November 3, 2015 - 2:08 pm

    Brilliant! I am so doing this for my tree this year. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • YelleTuesday, November 3, 2015 - 3:40 pm

    I purchased gold spray paint not too long ago and I’ve been on a spraying rampage!ReplyCancel

  • writingmoniqueWednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:53 am

    Ah, so pretty! Absolutely brilliant!

  • gabriellaWednesday, November 4, 2015 - 8:07 am

    This is BRILLIANT! So simple, yet so elegant! Absolutely making these for this holiday season 🙂


  • JordanWednesday, November 4, 2015 - 1:18 pm

    These are great! Question: Did the spray paint dry okay on the cords? I spray painted a lamp cord once and it remained tacky forever and I’ve heard of this issue before from others.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:08 pm

      Mine dried very quickly and isn’t tacky at all!ReplyCancel

  • KimFriday, November 6, 2015 - 10:22 am

    So pretty! Since I’ve had the same issues with tacky paint, I was wondering what brand of gold spray paint you used.ReplyCancel

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