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Rainy Day Crafts Using Lights

Try some fun DIY lighting crafts. Decorating with lights isn’t just for Christmas or Halloween!

Rainy days call for fun craft projects and I love finding new ways to use ordinary items. Christmas lights aren’t just for the holiday season. They can be used to decorate for events and parties, illuminate your outdoor living spaces, or even to decorate rooms in your home. But my favorite non-Christmas use for string lights, rope lights, and battery powered tea lights is to use them in craft and DIY projects year round. Up your craft game with these easy, inexpensive projects.

Stuffed Animal Lamp Light Project
Stuffed Animal Lamp

This lamp from matsutake, made from string lights, Modge Podge, and a stuffed animal, would be perfect for nursery, child’s room, or classroom. I’m going to make one to complete my reading nook. The cozy glow is ideal for any age. I recommend using safe and cool LED string lights for this project.

Crocheted Rope Light Rug
Crocheted Rope Light Rug

How cool would it be to illuminate your floor? Well, if you can crochet basic stitches you can make one of these cute crocheted rugs from This project uses yarn and rope lights and is totally customizable.

Marquee Lettering
DIY Marquee Lights

Bring a vintage industrial look to a mantel or shelf with DIY marquee lights from They use an ampersand, but any letter or number would look great alone or grouped together. It’s simple and inexpensive using cardboard, card stock and globe string lights. If you’re up for a more advanced version of these letters made with pine, try this project from

Peace Light Sign
Peace Sign Hanging Light

Release your inner hippie and surprise your teenager or college student with this adorable wall hanging from This project up-cycles an IKEA light fixture, but you could use a wreath form or wire shaped into a circle. Just add string lights and flowers to complete this easy DIY.

Pixie Dust Lights
Pixie Dust Lights

These Tinkerbell-inspired lights from can add sparkle and whimsy to a child’s bedroom, playroom, or party. This DIY uses safe, cool-to-the-touch LED string lights, tulle fabric, and clear rubber bands. A great, inexpensive project to do with your little one on a rainy day.

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