How to Decorate a Ceiling with Tulle & Lights

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How to Decorate a Ceiling with Tulle & Lights
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Even an unattractive ceiling can be transformed with tulle fabric and lighting. Add the perfect touch to your special event by paying attention to every detail of the room, from top to bottom. Tulle is an affordable fabric, and there are many inexpensive lighting options that help add a whole new element to your venue. Learn tips to decorate a ceiling with tulle and lights, and make your event space look perfectly dressed for your big event.

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Things you need

  • 1 bolt of tulle (any colour)
  • Thumbtacks (optional)
  • 1 spool of ribbon (any size, any colour)
  • 1 tape measure
  • Step ladder (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Rope or icicle lights (3 to 12 strands, depending on the room's size)

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  1. 1

    Buy one bolt of tulle fabric from a crafts or fabric store. White is a popular colour for tulle, but you may choose any colour you like.

  2. 2

    Stand on a step ladder (if necessary) to measure the ceiling from one corner of the room to the centre. Stretch the tape measure on a diagonal line, and allow for some slack.

  3. 3

    Add six inches to the measurement and use standard scissors to cut four equal lengths of tulle to that size.

  4. 4

    Stand on the step ladder again to place the tulle on the ceiling, starting at the corners of the room. Use thumbtacks to hold the fabric in place or, if possible, wrap the ends of the fabric around ceiling rafters.

  5. 5

    String the tulle from each corner to the centre of the room, bringing all inside ends of the fabric together.

  6. 6

    Place thumbtacks at the end of each length of tulle to hold them in the centre of the ceiling. Add loops or streamers of coloured ribbon to hide the centre where the fabric comes together. Alternately, wrap the ends of the tulle around ceiling rafters to avoid using tacks.

  7. 7

    String rope lights or icicle lights inside the draped tulle, running the lights down all four lengths of the fabric. Run the cords for the lights down the walls, covering them with flowers, tulle or an alternate decoration so that they blend into the decorations.

  8. 8

    Plug the cords into electrical sockets to light up the decor.

Tips and warnings

  • Obtain permission from the property owner or manager before using thumbtacks, nails or any other hardware which might permanently change the ceiling and/or walls.

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