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Five ways to reuse your Christmas fairy lights all year round

Author: Richard Bevan
Published: February 9, 2018

Taking down Christmas decorations can leave your home looking a little dim and lifeless come January. Those of us that use a lot of festive lighting around our homes are likely to notice the change most, as corners previously illuminated by trees and feature lights return to darkness, and magical lights that once flickered and twinkled are replaced with practical lamps. But it doesn't have to be this way.

While some Christmas lights should rightly be reserved for Christmas, there are others that can be enjoyed year-round. Fairy lights, for example, are extremely versatile and can be incorporated into most interiors, at any time of year. Not convinced? Here are five inspiring ideas that should help you change your mind.

Subtle bedroom illumination

Your bedroom isn’t just for sleeping. It’s a space to relax, to watch some television or read a book, and to chill out after a long day. Wrap your twinkling fairy lights around your headboard or along the length of a shelf or windowsill to create a calming boudoir atmosphere fit for unwinding and catching those zzzs.

Give your mirror the LED treatment

A mirror surrounded in soft fairy lights adds a touch of glamour, as well as adding some useful illumination for those close-up inspections.


Create a wall art feature

If your New Year’s resolution is to be more thrifty or crafty, then consider an upcycling project that will turn your Christmas lights into an artistic feature in your home that shines bright all year around.

Faux fire

There’s no feeling quite like cosying up around the warm cosy glow of a fire when it’s cold and blustery outside. If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your home (real or not) you can recreate that toasty feeling without having to reach for the matches, by making use of your fairy lights instead. This is a great option for warmer months, when you’re looking to achieve that cosy feeling, but don’t want the heat of a real fire.

Make decorative lamps

Another DIY trend that has been doing the rounds on the popular pages of Pinterest is homemade fairy light lamps. Simply fill a mason jar, vase, or glass bowl with a bundle of fairy lights and set them on a table, mantelpiece or shelves around your home. You can either use a single string of fairy lights per jar, or have a play around with multiple jars in a row, with a longer string of lights flowing in and out of each jar. These also make perfect party or wedding decorations.

Fairy lights are a charming and versatile light solution that can (and should) be enjoyed all year round. Got an idea for reusing your own? Share it with us on Instagram!