15 fab­u­lous ways to use fairy lights

Use out­door lights to cre­ate fes­tive sparkle and jazz up any al fresco en­ter­tain­ing this sum­mer.

NZ Gardener - - CONTENTS -

Add hol­i­day cheer to your gar­den and sparkle to any al fresco en­ter­tain­ing.

1DECORATE THE TREE!

It’s not ex­actly orig­i­nal but it’s hard to think of any­thing more Christ­massy than a tree sparkling with coloured lights! Look for LED string lights suitable to use out­doors and dec­o­rate a conifer in a pot, as well as gar­den fea­tures such as hedges and arches.

2AGEE JAR LIGHTS

Strings of LED lights can also be twisted into pre­serv­ing jars to make a sparkling cen­tre­piece for your ta­ble, or if you are din­ing al fresco over sum­mer, hang sev­eral jars from the near­est tree.

3PIMP YOUR WREATH

Weave LED string lights into a wil­low wreath base, bought or home­made, then dec­o­rate with berries, cones and leaves.

4JAZZ UP HANG­ING BAS­KETS

Plant up a few bas­kets with suit­ably red or white flow­er­ing plants and run string lights along the sup­ports.

5EASY DIY LANTERNS

Flame­less LED can­dles in jars make pretty (and safe!) out­door lanterns, es­pe­cially if you use them en masse.

6LET SUC­CU­LENTS SHINE

Make a hang­ing hor­i­zon­tal wreath by plant­ing a florist mould with suc­cu­lents and moss. Add can­dles for spe­cial events.

7FOCUS ON YOUR FLOWERBED Edge beds and paths with zinc can­dle hold­ers, con­tain­ing real or LED tealights.

8MOSSY CAN­DLE HOLD­ERS

Put tealights or can­dles in jars, then par­tially wrap the jars with moss (or even sprigs of fra­grant herbs) us­ing fes­tive red rib­bons or strings. Be sure to leave gaps in the greens so the light can shine through.

9UPCYCLE A PUMP­KIN

Cut the top off a pump­kin, hol­low it out to pot up with lots of suc­cu­lents, go­ing for a lush mini gar­den scape. Tuck four can­dles firmly be­tween the plants – use large pil­lar can­dles to pro­vide height and con­trast.

10GO BIG OUT­SIDE

’Tis not the sea­son for sub­tlety! Set the scene with LED string lights up and down and around your favourite tree and com­ple­ment with pa­per lanterns and home­made dec­o­ra­tions.

11LEADING LIGHTS

Tealights can also help guests nav­i­gate the paths in your gar­den – es­pe­cially if you want to guide them to­wards night-scented flow­ers or shrubs. Our crown-shaped can­dle hold­ers are up­cy­cled from tin cans.

12MAKE MINI LAMPS

Pa­per bak­ing cups make sur­pris­ingly pho­to­genic lamp shades when punched through to ac­com­mo­date LED string lights. String them up along a shed wall or deck.

13UPCYLE AN OLD WHEEL

Fairy lights strung around an old bi­cy­cle wheel makes a can’t-miss fea­ture against a wall.

14BAMBOO TIKI TORCH

Tie rib­bons at the top of bam­boo stakes to cre­ate a knot big enough for mini ter­ra­cotta pots to sit on. Place a can­dle or LED light in each pot, and stake the bam­boo canes in groups to make a real im­pact.

15TIN CAN LANTERNS

Punch holes in old tin cans in a pat­tern of your choice, put a can­dle or LED tealight in each and hang them from a tree by the deck.

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