When I took them out of the box they had tight drawstrings on them so I thought that they were apart of the packaging so I cut them all off, but then soon came to realize that the drawstrings were what was holding the wires all together. It ended up being a COMPLETE mess and took me a couple of hours to hang up because the wires were just completely everywhere. Also I just to NOTE That I purchased these from this website last year when they were $80 on this site... so you can imagine how upsetting it was to completely ruin the lights. No where on the instructions did it say anything about NOT CUTTING THE DRAWSTRINGS but, I guess we live and we learn. I told myself I would never put myself through the frustration and hours it took to put them up on my wall again so I tossed them. Maybe someone will learn from my mistakes!