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How to Decorate Ceiling with Tulle and Lights

Decorating with Tulle from Paper Mart

Tulle is a fabulous, inexpensive way to decorate a room or large hall for special events such as a wedding, birthday, or baby shower. While the tulle itself is sufficient decoration in most cases, hanging lights with the tulle brings out an atmosphere of beauty, sophistication, and elegance.
 
Materials:
  • Tulle (tulle bolts in light colors work best)
  • 1/8″ silk ribbon that complements tulle color
  • Scissors
  • White Christmas lights
  • Pushpins or removable hooks
 
Instructions:
1. Figure out how you want to decorate the room. Some people prefer to run the tulle and lights to a focal point at the center of the ceiling. Others may want to put them side-to-side for a “stars in the night” effect.
 
2. Measure out the tulle pieces so that it is sufficient to drape along the ceiling.
 
3. Cut several pieces of the 1/8″ ribbon. Each piece should be about a foot long.
 
4. Lay the tulle on the floor and place the Christmas lights along the center of the tulle. Roll up the tulle with the lights inside.
 
5. Tie a ribbon piece at each end to secure the tulle and lights together.
 
6. Use the rest of the ribbon pieces to secure the tulle and lights every 10 inches along the length.
 
7. Hang the tulle on the ceiling with clear pushpins or removable hooks.


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21 Comments

  1. Theresa March 26, 2022

    Hi,
    We’re having an issue at venue site with weight of draping. We need a super light weight, any suggestions greatly appreciated.
    Love ❀️ what I’ve seen so far FANTASTIC!
    Going to order rolls of tulle for gift wrapping. 🎁
    TIA

  2. Amy J Hayes December 26, 2017

    I am going across a room that is 45 ft wide. I have bolt tulle that is 120 ft. I was thinking I would cut it in half to make it 60 ft to allow for draping. How wide should I cut the strip of tulle to wrap around the strand of Christmas lights? Then what are my next steps to hold the lights securely in? Or do you have a better suggestion? Thank you

    • Emily at Paper Mart December 27, 2017

      Hi Amy,
      Thank you for your message! Having the tulle be about 60ft will most likely work! Also, the width of your tulle really depends on how you want it to look from the ceiling. It is probably a good idea to have it at least a foot and a half wide so it can loosely fit around the lights. We suggest just using some ribbon to tie the lights to the tulle. If your lights are heavier, then you may need to secure it at different points to the ceiling itself and then wrap the tulle around the secured lights. Hopefully, this will help and we wish you luck with this decor project! Thank you!

  3. Kelly November 17, 2017

    What length is a good start!?!!

    • Emily at Paper Mart November 20, 2017

      Hi Kelly,
      The length will really depend on the size of the room you want to decorate. Usually, from the center of the room, the length of tulle will need to be at least 3-4 yards to reach the edge of a room. Our tulle bolts are available in lengths up to 50 yards. Hope this helps! Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Shivani August 21, 2017

    From where we can buy cheap tulle bolts.?

  5. Nanna August 9, 2017

    Hi! What is the size of the tulle used in this decoration? I am especially interested in the width. πŸ™‚

    Thanks in advance!

    • Emily at Paper Mart August 9, 2017

      Hi Nanna,
      Most tulle bolts come in either a width of 52/54″ or 108″. For a project like this, depending on how much surface area you want to cover, it may be easier to go with a tulle bolt that is 108″ wide. Feel free to let us know if you have any other questions :-).

  6. deirdre a dunn July 18, 2017

    can you tell me what type of lights were used in the picture on this website with the tulle? I would love to replicate this look for my daughters wedding in april 2018!

    • Aram at Paper Mart July 18, 2017

      Hi Deidre!
      Congratulations on your daughter’s upcoming wedding! I’m assuming the lights are our LED garland lights, available here: http://bit.ly/LED-light-garland. Let us know if we can assist you with anything else. Thanks for writing!

  7. Kari Boothe January 24, 2017

    Which is better to use. Regular tulle or the fine mesh tulle for this type of look with the lights included?

    • Valentina at Paper Mart January 27, 2017

      Hi Kari, both types of tulle will work for this project. Fine mesh tulle might work a little better as it is softer than regular tulle and easier to work with. It is also a nicer fabric so the final result may look more elegant. However, something to keep in mind is that fine mesh tulle is more expensive than regular tulle. You can view our selection of tulle here http://www.papermart.com/tulle-fabric/id=19005-INDEX. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a nice day!

      • Nancy Louise May 6, 2017

        Can you advise whether handing mini lights in polyester tulle to create this starry effect will be a fire hazard? The string lights are 40.8 watts (0.34 AMPs)

        • Emily at Paper Mart May 8, 2017

          Hi Nancy,
          Most lights won’t be a fire hazard with polyester tulle due to their low wattage. But if you want to prevent any risk of fire, we suggest going with 100% nylon tulle over polyester. You can check out this article on the different types of tulle and their flammability. http://blogpapermart.wpcomstaging.com/is-tulle-flame-retardant/ Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you!

  8. MD October 25, 2016

    Will this still work with tulle rolls?
    Thank you

  9. Vanessa October 24, 2016

    How big is the tulle picture and how much?

    • Valentina at Paper Mart October 24, 2016

      Hello Vanessa, we recommend using bolts of tulle vs. rolls of tulle for a project of this scale. We also suggest getting measurements of the room where you would like to place the tulle. Based off of those measurements you can determine how much tulle you would need. You can view different colors, sizes, and styles of tulle on this page http://www.papermart.com/tulle-fabric/id=19005-INDEX#19005.

      If you like, you can also reach out to customer service at (800) 745-8800 or email customerservice@papermart.com and they will be happy to further assist you in choosing tulle and placing an order. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

  10. Pamela Pierce August 13, 2016

    Can I get away with using voile material?

    • Valentina at Paper Mart August 15, 2016

      Hi Pamela, you can definitely get away with voile or chiffon for this project. However, we recommend tulle because it is sturdy yet at the same time very pliable. Often, it is also more affordable than other materials. You can view our tulle selection here http://www.papermart.com/tulle-fabric/id=19005-INDEX#19005. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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