9 Creative Ways to Use Fairy Lights All Year

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Now the nights have drawn in, and the temperatures have dropped, home lighting has a new focus. If you’re looking for ways to make your home look and feel cosy, fairy lights are a quick, easy and affordable solution. And if you use rechargable batteries, that’s even better!

Use fairy lights above your bed, combined with plants

Maybe you think fairy lights should be reserved for the Christmas tree? Well I have 9 creative ways to use fairy lights in your home decor, all winter. Read on to be inspired by these easy ways to add glow to your home.

These curtain lights plug in and have a timer — I’ve used two sets and simply strung them over a few nails at the top of the wall.

Grey sofa in front of LED curtain lights
Grey sofa in front of LED curtain lights

These LED curtain lights were part of our Christmas decor last year, but now I have made a gallery wall so they can’t go there anymore. This year, I’ve added them above our bed to make our bedroom more cosy.

Creative Ways to Use Fairy Lights All Winter
Creative Ways to Use Fairy Lights All Winter

SHOP LED CURTAIN LIGHTS HERE

Like my monochrome blind? I customised it using wall stickers — find out how here!

Wind fairy light around wooden pegs to keep them tangle-free
Wind fairy light around wooden pegs to keep them tangle-free

String Fairy Lights Storage Tip: Wrap each strand around a wooden peg so they are tangle free for next time you use them. I also left the wire round around each peg a few times, to so that the strings stay in place — they’re hidden anyway behind furniture.

I got some battery-operated festoon lights years ago and use rechargeable batteries to keep them bright. I screwed a little metal hook into the centre of the mantlepiece, and stuck Command hooks at either end.

White mantlepiece decorated for Christmas with lights and origami stars
White mantlepiece decorated for Christmas with lights and origami stars

SHOP FESTOON LIGHTS HERE

Check out the ‘before’ of our fireplace here, and find out how we transformed it really cheaply!

Adding a set of star-shaped battery operated lights to a large glass jar gives off a beautiful glow.

It’s such a simple yet effective effect, especially when it’s next to a disco ball, which reflects the light!

SHOP STAR LIGHTS HERE

I love the versatility of the fine fairy lights on thin wire. I wove these battery operated wire lights around faux garlands, and attached them around my banister to give our hall a welcoming glow.

Stairs with fairy lights and garlands and hoop Christmas wreaths
Stairs with fairy lights and garlands and hoop Christmas wreaths

SHOP LED FAIRY LIGHTS HERE

Like these embroidery hoop wreaths? Find out how to make them here.

For a simple, effective wreath, just wrap a set of copper string lights around a natural wreath and hang on your door. The battery pack can be hidden on the inside of the door. You can add eucalyptus or other greenery if you like, but I think it’s really effective on its own too.

Simple Christmas wreath with copper lights
Simple Christmas wreath with copper lights
My simple Christmas wreath
My simple Christmas wreath

Find more detailed instructions for this light up wreath here.

A few years ago the girls had a magical teepee sleepover — find out how to create it here. Fairy lights on flexible wire with a timer are an essential component!

A cosy tent with lantern, pink blanket, cloud cushion and fair lights at our kids tee pee party
A cosy tent with lantern, pink blanket, cloud cushion and fair lights at our kids tee pee party
Pretty dream catcher on a teepee
Pretty dream catcher on a teepee
Magical Sleepover with Teepee Parties
Magical Sleepover with Teepee Parties
Ava loved her magical sleepover with Teepee Parties
Ava loved her magical sleepover with Teepee Parties

See the details of our magical tipi sleepover here.

Just because it’s a workspace, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it pretty! I added a string of copper wire fairy lights over a shelf in my home office. It’s subtle but sweet.

White shelf with pictures and copper fairy light
White shelf with pictures and copper fairy light

You can see much more of my little home office here.

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When I made the girls a cosy den last year, I was quick to add these pale pink cotton ball lights, to give a cosy glow. The light catches on the metallic wall stickers I made, adding to the magical effect.

Cloud shelves, gold confetti wall stickers and fairy lights
Cloud shelves, gold confetti wall stickers and fairy lights
Through the door of our built in wardrobe transformed into a magical kids' den
Through the door of our built in wardrobe transformed into a magical kids' den

Take a peek at the magical kids den I created out of a cupboard here.

SHOP COTTON BALL LIGHTS HERE

I made some cute mini lights out of battery-operated firefly string lights and jars, and you can see how here. The give off a magical glow that makes a great nightlight.

How to make jam jar lights with LED string lights
How to make jam jar lights with LED string lights

Read the instructions for these fun jam jar lights here.

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