DIY :: String Lights and Green Foliage

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.


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Bulb Lighting
Floral Cutters
Waterproof Floral Tape
Power Source


cafe lights


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.


foraged greenery


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.


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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.


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See more DIY projects right here. 

Vendor Credits

Photography: Erin Kate / Planning and Tutorial: Gatherist / Floral Design: Tinge Floral / Venue: 1893 SLC


Erin Kate is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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  • Hi, Kathryn!

    Just came across Snipped & Ink yesterday and wanted to let you know how much I loved this post. My now-husband and I got married this spring, and I wish we’d had this resource three months ago! It would have been PERFECT with our wildflowers-and-greenery vibe. Thanks for posting something so simple and attainable, yet so elegant!


    • Christina says:

      Hi Claire! Thank you for your sweet words- so glad you loved this post! We hope you stick around for more inspiring posts – we have so much pretty lined up in the coming months! Congrats on your wedding! xoxoxo

  • Lindsay says:

    Love this post, Kathryn. Despite getting married right around when you did, I still come back to your site all the time. Posts like this are something I can use! (Weddings are still pretty to look at, too).

    • Christina says:

      Hi Lindsay! We’re SO HAPPY to hear that this post comes in handy for you, and we’re even happier to hear you have been a loyal long time follower! Thank you! :) xoxoxo

  • Wow…great work! I am totally impressed by your work. I want to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Just a cautionary note – carful where you source those green branches and sprigs from. In spring they will be providing essential cover for nesting birds.

  • Denise says:

    Love this! Just wondering if you’ve ever tried this out with fairy lights instead of festoon lights? :)

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