Fancy light strings are lots of fun, but they often also carry price tags that are a little steep considering that you can get plain ol’ lights for so cheap and dress them up yourself!  While I used to associate decorative light strings with Florida campgrounds full of retirees (flamingos and Tiki heads, anyone?), lately I’ve seen a trend taking them away from tacky and into the realm of tasteful with designs like these rosebud-inspired lights by Rachel at Pointless Pretty Things.   For safety’s sake, make sure you use a string of lights with LED bulbs which stay cool to the touch.  [how to make a string of rosebud lights]

Project estimate:

  • LED Christmas lights, on hand or $1 and up
  • Organza or other sheer fabric, on hand or $1 and up
  • Electrical tape, on hand or $1

Total:  Free and up