15 fabulous ways to use fairy lights
Use outdoor lights to create festive sparkle and jazz up any al fresco entertaining this summer.
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.
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.