Updated on 06 October, 2021
Like the term implies, curtain lights consist of strings of light fixed to a hanger that you are able to hang on a wall or from a top rod which you generally hang in your window. A number of such string lights bunched closely together provide the look of a gently cascading mass of sparkling lights. Note that although they aren't really curtains, they're not really translucent either. They have a glossy, shimmering quality about them that can be somewhat difficult to appreciate at first. Once you do, however, it's definitely worth taking a look at.
The most distinctive thing about curtain lights is the shape of the cords. While they're traditionally round, most manufacturers these days opt for the much less obnoxious square-shaped cords. These are much easier to hide than the circle-shaped cords, and they tend to blend better with the rest of the decor. Also, the square-shaped cords usually come with a center post or "weight" area that allows you to hang the lights in an aesthetically pleasing way. While some people find this not to be a problem (as it leaves them free to focus on other things), others find it to be a distraction.
If you decide to go with the square cord type, there are several things you'll need. You'll need a pair of pliers - preferably two, ideally two that are each just slightly bigger than the head of the screwdriver. You'll also need a regular sized head screwdriver, as well as a long skinny stick (to hold the diy curtain lights up). Remember, it's best to put all of your fingers on the string lights, rather than your thumbs. This will ensure that you don't snag or cut any wires along the way.
Before starting, it's a good idea to make sure your wires are completely unplugged. You can try pulling both of your light strings at the same time, but if one of them comes undone, the other one won't be affected. Now, you need to take one end of the long skinny stick and gently bend it into a U shape. You should notice that the tip of the stick will be bent into a U shape. Using a ruler, carefully measure the distance between the two points on the end of the U-bend.
You should then connect the two ends of the U-shape to one end of an inline zip plug. With your marker, draw a line along the line you drew to define the spot where the cord will be attached. You should mark the other end of the U-shape as well, making sure it also has a sharp point so you know how much room the lights will take up when hung.
Next, you'll need to decide whether you want to use electricity or solar power to power your DIY curtain lights. If you opt to use electricity, you'll probably need to run power cords throughout the room from the power source. Your choice of power source can make a big difference in how easy your project is, and can help you decide how many lights you will use at once. For solar powered lights, you simply follow the instructions that come with the kit, and simply angle the solar panel away from the sun. Once your curtain lights are powered on, all you have to do is hook them up to the electrical source.
Finally, you'll have to decide what type of diy curtain lights you'd like. The choice includes a few different options, including LED mini string light curtains, solar panels and even ceiling mountable string lights. As mentioned before, each option will have its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, you'll need to consider the amount of light needed for your particular needs. You'll also have to consider the amount of time you're willing to spend powering these light strings.
Finally, after deciding which light strings you'd like, you need to consider what the kit includes. Most kits include the essential tools and materials, such as the wire insulation, the mounting screws and a drill, but there may be other materials you need. Many kits only include the wire insulation, which can be purchased separately for slightly more money. Other kits only include the mounting screws, so you may need to buy other mounting hardware, especially if you're mounting multiple lights. There are also kits designed to use with dimmers, so you may also need to purchase additional wiring.