DIY Lace Twinkle Lights

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Twinkle lights can bring an immediate sense of warmth and joy to a room like no other. I love to adorn every room with them when it comes times for the holidays — and I’ve been known to drape some here and there even when the onset of winter season is way off in the distance.

Today I’m combining twinkle lights with another one of my decor loves — lace — for a beautiful decoration that’s perfect for this time of year. Here’s how to make your own lace twinkle lights!

Lace twinkle lights DIY

Materials: Water balloons, lace fabric, fabric stiffener, petroleum jelly, scissors, and a needle or pin.

1. First, Cut your lace fabric into pieces or strips — they can be as long, short, wide, or narrow as you like. Try a couple different sizes and shapes, and see what works best for you.Lace twinkle lights DIY

2. Blow up your water balloons with air and coat them in a layer of petroleum jelly. The water balloons will determine the shape of the lace spheres, so keep this in mind when it comes to size. I found that smaller balloons (like the one on the right) looked best in the end.Lace twinkle lights DIY

3. Submerge a piece of lace into the fabric stiffener and wrap it around a balloon.Lace twinkle lights DIY

Lace twinkle lights DIY

4. Keep wrapping until the balloon is full covered (you can overlap fabric if necessary), leaving the knotted portion of the balloon visible. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each of your balloons, then let them sit for at least 8 hours to dry — I let mine sit overnight.Lace twinkle lights DIY

5. Once the material has dried and hardened, use a needle or pin to pop each balloon, and pull the balloons out through the pre-existing hole.Lace twinkle lights DIY 7

6. You can pop your twinkle light right into this hole. My lace spheres all seemed to stay put on their own, but you’re having trouble getting yours to stay on your twinkle lights, you can use a needle and thread to stitch up the opening over the wire, as shown below.Lace twinkle lights DIY

I liked alternating lace sphere and plain twinkle light in random segments. I also really like how each sphere turned out slightly differently — it adds to the whole hand-touched feeling.Lace twinkle lights DIY

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MacK Mars -November 26, 2013, 8:21AM

Love it! I made these a while back, they are so lovely!

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Annejelina -November 26, 2013, 9:51AM

How beautiful! I would keep these up year round in my bedroom or maybe out in the garden <3
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Liz -November 26, 2013, 10:09AM

Oh wow. I was just looking for a new idea for string lights in my living room. I wanted to buy Chinese lanterns, but it would be so expensive to buy enough. This should be much cheaper, and prettier. Thank you!

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Eva -November 26, 2013, 10:34AM

llloovvvee this!

meg -November 26, 2013, 2:45PM

These are awesome! You can also you Mod Podge. ;)

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Megan -November 26, 2013, 3:38PM

This is way too cute! I love it

Calley -November 26, 2013, 3:58PM

wonderful diy for the winter holidays : )

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Alex -November 26, 2013, 11:27PM

I think these would look even better as Christmas ornaments

Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -November 27, 2013, 12:53AM

These are sooo stinking cute!! And creative. Thank you!

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Cheyenne -November 27, 2013, 8:18AM

This is such a cute idea, and it doesn’t eben sound like it’s too hard to do!
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Bonnie -November 27, 2013, 10:50AM

Would look cute on a romantic Christmas tree!

Jodi -December 2, 2013, 2:09PM

What a great idea. It looks so simple. Can’t wait to add them to my Christmas lights in my room.

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Erin Hawkins -December 11, 2013, 8:08PM

I love this! Definitely a new project for me to do! I am in France…with my boyfriend and son…ahhh! This has girly written all over it….AND I LOVE IT! Can’t wait to decorate my desk with it! …I get a little tired of the basketball decor lol. Thanks! :)

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Sara -February 1, 2014, 7:19PM

Tried it soo hard!

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