I have a friend who is getting married this year and she, like many other brides, is looking for great lighting ideas that can fit into her budget.

So, here are some lighting projects for today’s DIY round up.

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  1. Create soft lighting with solar light jars using this DIY tutorial from The Art of Weddings. Free People also has instructions.
  2. I love this mirror garland project from Apartment Therapy!! The little white lights add such a pretty sparkle and this would be an amazing, modern backdrop for a wedding reception. If you are living here you might want to check online for the strands of mirror used in the project. I found some at Party Oasis and Save-On-Crafts.
  3. Apartment Therapy also has an interesting tutorial on how to make flower fairy lights.

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  1. Studio DIY shows you how to make DIY fringe string lights using crepe paper folds. Please read the important warning at the end for fire-safety precautions which you should keep in mind for all projects in general. Another cute idea- these cupcake lights from Family Chic.
  2. This Twine-Ball light garland is another favourite. You can get the instructions here via Pocketful of Dreams. Photography credit for the finished garland goes to Katy Lunsford.

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  1. If you really want lighting that stands out, check out the awesome Light Columns project from Martha Stewart.
  2. To dress up your paper lanterns, have a look at this DIY from Aunt Peaches.

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  1. This twinkle board created by Maya Lee via Design Sponge  is another great idea for a lighted backdrop.
  2. Perpetually Engaged gives some tips on re-creating these mason jar lanterns.

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  1.  Oh Happy Day made these lovely flower lights which would be great for romantic and whimsical weddings. 
  2. Whimsidoodle on Etsy once featured these great Origami Lights – to do something similar through DIY check out these instructions on how to make an Origami balloon. Then proceed to #12.

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  1.  These paper cube string lights from Wit & Whistle are based on the Origami balloon instructions and shows you how to easily insert the lights and what the finished product looks like.
  2. The Firefly Christmas Lights on Hayseed Homemakin’ are created by combining lace and tulle with lights which would be perfect for a rustic wedding.

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  1.  These two projects are both via Once Wed. Click here for the DIY Lighted Paper Pennant Garland and here for the DIY Wax Paper Lanterns.

Other great DIY lighting projects-

  1. This is a gorgeous Paper Capiz Shell Chandelier over at Design Sponge.
  2. Create Egg Carton Flower Lights via Instructables.
  3. Use a hula hoop to create a chandelier with tips from Sarah with an H.
  4. I so love this DIY Dixie Cup Garland at Hey Gorgeous Events.
  5. Also check out their DIY Tissue Covered Luminaries.
  6. This Mason Jar chandelier is accompanied by a list of the materials used and looks easy enough to try.
  7. This is an eco-friendly Pom Pom Light made by re-using plastic containers and bags via Matsutake.
  8. On It’s A Bride’s Life, one bride shares her plan to create outdoor dance floor lighting.

Happy crafting and please take into account safety precautions to prevent the risk of fire!

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