Since 1880, when Thomas Edison lit up Menlo Park for the first time with his incandescent lamps, electric lights have been lending a warm, welcome glow to dark winter nights.
Over the years, technological improvements have been made to string lights, leading to more efficient bulbs and a wider variety of sizes and colour options for people to decorate their homes with.
Here are 9 ways you can use fairy lights to decorate your home this holiday season:
1. Dress up your Mantle
Spruce up this traditional holiday look by adding fairy lights to the winter greenery above your fireplace, like this one from Nell Hill’s. Keep it classic with white lights, or switch things up with some of our coloured bulbs.
2. Lighted Garland
Add some rustic style to your seasonal decor with a colourful burlap garland, like this one from Create. Craft. Love. (or try this alternate burlap garland via Coleen’s Corner). You could also try this tutorial from Hayseed Homemakin’ that uses fabrics like tulle and lace with warm white frosted star lights for a more polished, elegant look.
3. Holiday Card Display
Do more with your holiday cards this year! Save your cards and turn them into a decorative display by attaching them to your fairy lights. DIY one for yourself with this tutorial from Reason to Skip the Housework. Try using our snowflake light set to make it extra festive.
4. Mini Lanterns
Use paper to transform fairy lights into mini lanterns with these instructions from Wit & Whistle. For a more vibrant and festive look, consider using different coloured paper or even coloured lights.
5. Alternative Christmas Tree
Don’t have space for a traditional tree? Use branches, dried flowers, and fairy lights to build an alternative christmas tree! Check out this example from The Free People.
6. Ornamental Centrepiece
Do you have lots of ornaments from last year lying around? Combine extra ornaments with fairy lights in a glass vase to create a unique ornamental centrepiece, like this one by Deepa Paul-Plauzo at MangoJuiced.com.
7. Woodland Scene Shadowbox
Use any extra frames you have lying around your house to create a wintry woodland scene shadowbox. Try this tutorial by Making Lemonade.
8. Wooden Trees with Lights
If you’re handy and want to create a homey, rustic look with your holiday decorations, try building these wooden trees with lights by the DIY Dreamer.
9. Lighted Wreath
Don’t forget to decorate the outdoors! Make a lit, faux boxwood wreath for your front door using this tutorial by Pastels & Macarons. Try these warm white battery operated lights so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in.
These elegant and easy-to-make decorations are sure to brighten up any space this holiday season.
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