Cheap DIY Snowy String Lights

Cassie Benzinger
by Cassie Benzinger
4 Materials
10 Minutes

If you need some snowy magic in your home this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created these awesome DIY snowy string lights for a bit of a rustic wintery feel for your home.

To make this super simple project even better, it takes less than 10-minutes to make and everything you need can be found at the dollar store!

To get the “snowy” look, you will need white craft paint and salt! You can use glitter if you prefer, but I think the salt looks more like real snow!

All of the supplies can be found at Dollar Tree, which is awesome for this budget holiday decor.

Start by creating a workspace that you don’t mind getting a bit messy, I used an old baking sheet to keep the salt crystals contained.

You can use a paintbrush or cotton swabs to brush the white paint on the rattan balls. Roll immediately in salt and let dry.

Once the snowy balls are dry (about 10 minutes) push the string lights through space in the rattan balls. Make sure it’s tight enough that the lights and the balls stay connected.

And you’re done! It’s so quick, simple, and adds the perfect snowy touch to your holiday decor.

Resources for this project:
Rattan/wicker balls or twig balls (come in packs of 4)
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  • Myra Jose Myra Jose on Dec 11, 2019

    Could the ratan balls be sprayed with a coat of polyurethane to keep the salt set a bit more?

  • Tina Tina on Dec 15, 2019


  • Teresa Jennings Teresa Jennings on Dec 30, 2019

    Did you get the balls at Dollar tree? Do they stay attached to light strand tightly or do you use an adhesive of some type?

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  • Tracy Tracy on Jan 28, 2020

    Smart idea, super job!

  • MissEm MissEm on Nov 07, 2020

    Lol making these now... But I used Epsom salt and I used the white paint but they didn't seem "sparkly" enough for me, lol, sooooo... I used Mod Podge over the white paint. Then I just don't look as sparkly as I remember hers to be.... Let me add some clear glitter. ANNNNND while I'm there, why not throw some German glass glitter in the mix too. 😂😂 I let the Epsom salt/Mod Podge dry and hit them again with some mod podge in some spots and then rolled them in a combo of clear glitter and German glitter glass.... Haha, then I was like, ohh, these look... How's the light going to shine through!? Then I said let me go look at that DIY again and see exactly HOW covered hers are.... 😳 LOL, I'll have to see once they're dry if the light will even shine through 🤣🤣 I'm hoping they will still look good even covered completely with glittery "snow"! Thanks for sharing this, I'm also using a ten string batter op LED set of lights, so I'm also hoping the lights stay in the ball. Lol I should have checked this BEFORE I bought the stuff and started it! Lol!