When we first started brainstorming this project, my niece wasn't sure exactly what she wanted aside from something featuring twinkly string lights and pictures. I printed out a few ideas and wrapped them up alongside some supplies (listed in the steps below) for her Christmas present. Her favorite look was a simple string along one wall with as many photos packed on as possible.
Easy! To read through the steps go ahead and click on the "Read More" below.
- String lights - we used INST 10M 100 Led Fairy String Lights
- Tiny clothespins - we used LWR Crafts Wooden Mini Clothespins 100 Per Pack 1" 2.5cm (White)
- Photos - I included a Snapfish gift card in my gift to Kayla. The girls also use a FujiFilm Instax Mini.
- Picture hangers and nails - I used 3 sets in each room (pictured below)
- White string - I'm not sure what exactly we used. Aim for something thin and white, but sturdy enough to hold your photos (more info on this below).
PRO TIP: I wouldn't use this particular paint - it was coming out clumpy and drippy and it's not even a year old.
Spray paint the fronts of the pieces so they won't stand out against the wall, photos, or string lights.
We ran Olivia's lights from her door frame to her wall. We ran Kayla's along one entire wall. Hold the lights up to see what you like best. Hang a picture hanger at the beginning and the end of where you want the lights. We hung a third hanger in the indentation of Olivia's wall as well - so she had three loops along the wall.
Sorry this picture quality stinks.
Keep in mind that the string should be strong enough to hold your photos and pins. This is very similar to what we used. I stole the picture from Staples, thanks Staples.
Tie the string to each of your picture hanger hooks. You may want to have it hanging down on either side, we didn't do that - but hey, it's your DIY!
Hang the lights on the picture hanger so an equal amount of light hangs down on either side. Use your best judgement when hanging. We wanted a little swoop between each of the hangers, so that's what we did.
This is the hardest, most time-consuming step. Enjoy yourself!
Using your tiny clothespins hang your photos to the white string. Looks good, doesn't it?