DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

Today I’m teaming up with Porch and a group of fabulous bloggers to share 7 Creative Ways to Decorate with String Lights! You know we all have them laying around somewhere and so I hope you find inspiration to put them to some good use! 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

I decided to create this trendy and fun faux neon cactus light for our home or even the patio area! Because I chose to use battery operated string lights, I don’t have to worry about placing it wherever a plug happens to be. And let’s be honest, it’s never convenient anyway! I love this playful addition to our space! 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

Materials

  • Plywood Board (precut or you can simply cut to size using a table saw)
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • String Lights

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

Instructions

1. Sand your plywood board to get rid of any rough edges. Wipe clean. Using your pencil, sketch out your cactus. 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

2. Paint the outline of your cactus using a bright and vivid green. Allow to dry completely. 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

3. Begin hammering in your nails along the outline of your cactus, just enough to get the proper shape of your cactus. 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

4. Begin to wrap your string lights around the nails until you have full coverage – I used two packs of string lights. 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

5. Optional: Using a forester drill bit, you can drill a hole and then cut off the end halfway through the hole. This will allow the wires to be easily hidden and tucked behind the board. 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

7. Display and enjoy! 

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

DIY Faux Neon Cactus Light Using String Lights | Hello Lidy

This would be a great little light for your patio area during those warm summer nights, a fun lighting option for the living room or even a playful nightlight for the kids room! The options are endless and it’s so easy to create! The sky is the limit, you can choose any shape or image you want.

What do you think of this option using stringlights?! For more ideas, be sure to check out the following blogs for some great ideas too:

 

June String Lights Blogger Collab
DIY Molded Plywood Light Fixture
Layering Rugs With a Pop of Color
  • It’s so cute. I’m definitely making one of these for our backyard! I finally have a reason to untangle the string lights!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Lexy!!! I’m so thrilled you like it and I can’t wait to see yours when you’re all done :)

      XOXO

  • Okay I am seriously OBSESSED with this idea! I looooove the cactus and how simple and pretty it turned out. Definitely adding this to my to do list!

    • HelloLidy

      YAY! Thanks Katie!!! Means a lot :)

      XOXO

  • I love this, Lidy! It turned out so good!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks friend! I appreciate it!

      XOXO

  • myuncommonsliceofsuburbia

    I love this, thanks for the great tutorial!

    • HelloLidy

      Thank YOU!!! I’m so happy you liked it!

      XO

  • This such a fun idea! Great way to add art to your outdoor space! Love how you notched the bottom to hide the light box.

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Christy! I’m so glad you like it and appreciate you stopping by :)

      XOXO

  • This is so cute!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Elsa!

      XO

  • creativejewishmom/safa

    Just beyond adorable! Would love it if you’d join my crafty linky party, Craft Schooling Sunday, you’ll get featured without a doubt, and get inspired as well! hope to see you there, either this week, or next!

    • HelloLidy

      So sorry, I didn’t spot this until now! Would have loved to join :)

      XO

  • Megan

    Totally LOVE this diy tutorial! Looking for my materials now to create my very own. (: Would you mind sharing the color and brand of green paint you used please? Thank You So Much,
    Megan T.

    • HelloLidy

      Hey Megan! So happy you loved this project and I apologize for taking so long to respond. The paint I used was Deco Art Chalky Finish in Fortune. Hope you still find this helpful :)

      XOXO

  • creativejewishmom/safa

    It is never too late to join Craft Schooling Sunday, it happens every week and is up now, since it really opens on Saturday night for me…….hope to see you there and feel free to share a few projects, in addition to this one!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks for the information! I will definitely try to share this little guy and perhaps more soon :)

      XOXO

  • Megan

    Hello!! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me the dimensions you used for your project. I have all my materials and am ready to begin! However, your size seems perfect to me so I would love to make sure I’m as close as possible if you don’t mind. Thanks so much for such an awesome and creative tutorial! =D

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