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15 ways to use fairy lights this festive season

Fairy lights in an outdoor dining area

Fairy lights in an outdoor dining area   | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStock

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Teja Lele Desai lists 15 ways to use them this festive season

It’s time to bring out those fairy lights you stashed away in the closet many moons ago. Diwali’s here, and before you know it, Christmas and New Year will arrive.

This festive season, figure out how you will use all those lights and baubles you’ve been collecting. Let us help you get started:

1. A few branches by the bedside paired with fairy lights create a dreamy boudoir. Perfect for a teenager.

2. Run the string of lights around a floor-standing mirror to create that golden glow.

3. A ladder does really well when it’s run over by a couple of strings of lights; perfect for a corner.

4. Fairy lights and photographs seem to be made for each other. Use them as a wire to clip on your photographs.

5. Pack a string of lights into an old jam jar and watch it sparkle. The more, the merrier.

Fairy lights in a jar

Fairy lights in a jar   | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStock

6. A corner table will benefit from string lights with a glass cloche placed over them. Or just place them in a fish bowl and let it light up the drawing room.

7. Loop the lights around a glass cylinder to create a vase. A perfect accessory for your festive parties this season.

8. A hula hoop, thread and plenty of fairy lights make for an awesomely rustic chandelier. A great idea for outdoor parties.

9. It can even be elegant and the star of your dining room. Just drape it around a potted plant and you’re set.

10. Here is a new variation you can try: intersperse fairy lights and colourful feathers along a hoop.

For the garden

For the garden   | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStock

11. Make your bed the centre of all attention by designing a makeshift light-sprinkled headboard. You can also rework this idea into a canopy on the bed.

12. A string of lights transforms an outdoor table and bench setting into a fresco dinner area. An idea you can experiment with for outdoor dinners and evening barbeques.

13. Stringing fairy lights along the verandah parapet is an old trick. Having said that, it still looks stunning and is a design trick that never goes out of style.

14. Or else, try using fairy/string lights to dress up your bookshelves and the study.

15. Bird cages, fairy lights and paper flowers make for a picture perfect vignette. Use multiple strings to adorn the decorative strips on your vases.

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