Light ropes have come a long way since their invention in the ‘70s. More durable, flexible, and long-lasting than ever, much of their newfound trendiness owes itself to their transition from incandescent bulbs to LED technology. The switch has allowed rope lighting to pivot from the disposable alternative to Christmas lights they were originally developed to be, to a new life as an incredibly versatile lighting option.
It’s like a toy piano got a tune up and is now a Steinway. These new lights are sold by the spool at hardware stores and can be cut to length for any project.
The project featured here is just one thing you can do with rope lighting, but it’s certainly a popular one. The Pinterest crowd always jumps at a chance to up their decor game, and we’re always interested, too. This tutorial is perfect for a kid’s playroom, or that picture-perfect crafting haven you’ve been dreaming about.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
First, you’re going to need one or two supplies.
- A spool of lighting
- Mounting clips (you can usually find these in the same spot as the lights)
- Tools for cutting and mounting
- Painter’s tape
- Heavy objects (you’ll see why, soon!)
- Also handy are measuring devices and levels
Always make sure you’ve got a working set of lights before you begin.
Lay out your stuff and get ready.
This part is where those measuring tools and levels can come in handy. But don't be afraid to free-hand it if you want.
Now, begin to craft your design on the wall, using an erasable medium like chalk or pencil.
Once you’ve got the basic idea, lay out your rope on the floor in the same shape. Use weights or other heavy objects to hold down your twists and loops.
Following the directions for your brand of lighting, make a cut at the non-plug end of your rope light at the end of your pattern.
Cap it using the included hardware, and you’re ready to start mounting!
It helps to hang it while it’s lit, to give you a feel as you’re working (and also to ensure it still works!)
Attach your mounting hardware as you go, making adjustments as necessary.
Painter’s tape is a great help for temporarily positioning the strand. It’s like five extra hands!
Work slowly and deliberately; this DIY doesn’t take long but you don’t want to rush it.
Because once it’s done, it’s going to be the center of attention in the room!
We can only begin to guess at what cool ideas you will all come up with for this project. We’d love to see them in the comments!
H/T: Pretty Handy Girl