Friday, 25 October 2013

Fairy String LED Lights - Fairy Light Inspiration

Some friends might say I'm an 'impulse' buyer, I prefer to use the words, 'spontaneous purchaser' and one of those 'spontaneous' moments was the purchase of some tiny LED fairy lights spotted in a local homeware store. I thought, how cute, there must be lots of things I could do with those. Sadly though the lights have been sitting on my desk for months waiting for that creative idea. At the time I purchased the lights, I tried winding them around some imitation blue Agapanthas I have in a big white jug, but they just didn't look right so back they went in their packaging with a few other impulse buys until I could work out what to do with them.

My lights looking uninspiring, but just look at the ideas below

While recently looking for some internet coastal inspiration, I spotted a Christmas tree created from pieces of driftwood. Similar little lights to mine had been used in creating this pretty, alternative tree. I then started thinking, there must be lots more ideas around so I began my search and have come up with some great inspiration. Ideally fairy lights are perfect for the holiday period but could easily be used at any time of the year. Brightlitz have a range of fairy string LED lights which can be purchased through their website that are suitable for most of the DIY ideas below.

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I have decided I might be able to use my lights around the mirror on my mantel or I may purchase another set and use them to wrap around two topiary I have on my front steps.

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  1. Great ideas Lee. My fave is the jar of lights - so simple yet so effective x

    1. I like the jar of lights too Vic, simple but effective.

      Lee :)

  2. All awesome ideas - they're so cute and make a really nice glow! I have twinkle lights all over, all year round. I love them in glass containers with pine cones, and around windows, and above beds. I will try the idea of hanging photos! That's cute! Julia :-)

    1. Glad you found some inspiration Julia. I like your idea of filling containers with pine cones and placing lights int here, I will have to stry that out, it would look more interesting than an empty vessel. The hanging photo idea is fabulous, I agree.

      Lee :)

  3. thank you for sharing this beautiful inspiration ! I have found this UK interior designer who creates beautiful, but a little pricey string lamps with crystal glasses and I was wondering, if this could be done DIY-style! do you have any suggestion or trick to cut glass ??
    all the best & thanx,
    Mathilda x

    1. Hi Mathilda,

      Yes those lights were really pretty, I have seen a lot similar to this but it is possible to make your own. In saying this I would most definitely have the wiring done by a professional. Glass can be cut with a special drill if you have a hand held drill you can buy the right drill in a hardware store. I have added a link below to a great post by a blogger who shows step by step how to drill through glass jars. She has cleverly made cloches out of hers but the same technique can be used to make your hole to convert to a lamp shade:

      I hope this is helpful to you.

      Lee :)

  4. Dear Lee,
    that was very helpful, indeed!
    Maybe some friends of mine have such drill, that I could borrow...
    I cannot wait to start my new lamp project...
    Many thanks and a great weekend !

  5. Glad to be of help Mathilda, if your friends do have a simple drill I am sure you can purchase the right drill bit cheaply. Would love to see your project if you can take some before and after photos I would love to see them. You can send them to;



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