5 Magical Ways to Use Fairy Lights and Make Your Home Glow


When it comes to outdoor lighting, there’s nothing quite like the twinkle of fairy lights to add a little magic to your garden at night time.

Fairy lights have an amazing ability to instantly create a sense of ambience and festivity and should be put to use all year round — not just Christmas time! If you’re looking for a quick and affordable way to jazz up your backyard, create one (or all) of these whimsical projects to illuminate your outdoor space.

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Fancy Fire Pit

For a cozy get-together around the fire pit, minus the hazard of fire and the smell of smoke, wrap timber logs in fairy lights. They’ll create just as much ambience as the real deal, and with no ember sparks, you can layer the space with as many cushions and throws as you like.

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Ord modular lounge (9-piece set, 6 pieces shown), from Eco Outdoor. Velvet cushion in Ambre, $120, from Francalia. Caramel leather lumbar cushion, $130, from Urzon. Amara indoor outdoor Sana Dot scatter cushion in Rust, $125, from Coco Republic. Bahamas indoor/outdoor rug in Coconut, $1995, from Coco Republic. Large fire pit, $1650, Eco Outdoor. Glow Sienna rust fire bowl (front centre), $59, Glow Vivo fire pit in Rust, $59, from Bunnings. LED twinkle lights, $5, from Kmart.

Get the Party Swingin’

If you’re having a sunset barbecue, put the kids to bed early and wrap their swing in twinkly lights. Just be sure to use battery-operated string lights, not plug-in, so you can swing freely and unrestrained.

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Handmade copper swing, $450, The Society Inc. LED twinkle lights, $5, Kmart.

Ring Around a Rosy

Create your own dramatic light installation to mark the entrance or centerpiece of a party. This one is made by simply winding battery-operated LED string lights around black hula hoops. They are light-weight (easy to hang), help to illuminate pathways and look so enchanting.

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Large hoop, using frame of Solig net, $14.99, from Ikea. Hula hoops, varying sizes, $5 each, from Kmart. LED twinkle lights, from Kmart.

Sparking Centerpiece

Fairy lights inside a decorative glass piece creates an artistic display that works perfectly as an illuminating table centerpiece. Try grouping varied sizes to create the perfect vignette.

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All Fall Down

A waterfall of sparkling lights isn’t just reserved for the Sydney Harbor Bridge on New Year’s Eve – create your own by hanging lengths of string lighting off a tree branch or arbor. The lights we’ve used here can be joined to extend their length — and look smashing as a dining table centerpiece.

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Lytworx warm white LED fairy party lights, $49 (500), $25.90 (250), Bunnings. Macleay outdoor dining table, $1699, and Turon outdoor dining chairs, $399 each, Eco Outdoor.

Safety Note

If you’re using indoor fairy lights outside, be sure to bring them in once your party is over.

This post was written by the editors at Homes to Love. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.

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