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.
  • Tulle (tulle bolts in light colors work best)
  • 1/8″ silk ribbon that complements tulle color
  • Scissors
  • White Christmas lights
  • Pushpins or removable hooks
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 thoughts

  1. 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. 🎁

  2. 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

    1. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  3. Hi! What is the size of the tulle used in this decoration? I am especially interested in the width. 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    1. 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 :-).

  4. 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!

    1. 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 Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a nice day!

      1. 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)

    1. 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

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

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