There’s nothing quite like string lighting to make any gathering feel magical. Add in some ethereal branches and leaves, and you’ve got a celebration straight out of a fairytale. We’ve teamed up with photographer Erin Kate to show you how to create a string lighting and green foliage display for yourself, using supplies you probably already have on hand!
Photos by Erin Kate.
Waterproof Floral Tape
Step 1: Forage your greenery. There is so much goodness to gather right in our backyards. Greens that work great are: Smilax Vine and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus. TIP – When foraging, be sure to test out your greens to see how long they last outside of water.
Step 2: Hang your lights. These are fairly inexpensive online or in stores. You can also rent them through your local party rental shop. You can choose to run them perpendicular to tables or parallel, both will look great. We’ve hung them parallel to the table for this.
Step 3: Attach greens with floral tape. You’ll want to place them all in the same direction so it appears natural and organic, as if the vines have been living on those lights for years. Also, allow a little hang, don’t feel like you need to fasten them completely to the light strand. Allow for an organic drape.
Step 4: Turn on lights… stand in awe at the ambiance you created so effortlessly.