How to decorate with fairy lights

Jun 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. ET
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What do you get when you add a pinch of magic, a bit of bohemian and a touch of whimsical? Fairy lights! If you haven't already draped your entire house with these amazing little balls of light, here are 16 photos to inspire your inner fairy.

An eco-friendly fireplace

fireplace

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For those who live in a warm climate or just have a burning desire to light your fireplace year-round, lights can be the perfect eco-friendly solution to cozy up to.

The prettiest jar you'll ever see

jars

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The Mason jar craze has yet to cease. Give in to your obsession by adding a bit of light with this DIY fun.

A room made for a princess

bedroom

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Your little lady may not be Princess Charlotte, but that doesn't mean she doesn't deserve a bit of royal treatment. Pretty up her space with a bit of drapery and fairy lights and you'll leave her feeling a bit of magic throughout the night.

Teepee & nightlight mash-up

teepee

Who says fairy lights are only for the inside of a teepee? String a few of these starry string lights on the exterior to spruce up your child's bedroom and for a go-to nightlight solution (RH Baby & Child, $25).

Have a tulle of a time

tulle lights

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If adding fairy lights to a surface just isn't exciting enough for you, tie some tulle on for a super-cute decor piece.

DIY marquee lights

marquee lights

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Personalize any room with a DIY version of a marquee using fairy lights. Not only is this craft super cool, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the real version.

Cute wall addition

wall

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Think an area of your wall looks boring? Make it colorful by wrapping fairy lights and draping as your heart desires.

Sparkling canvas art

canvas

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Don't have a crafty bone in your body? You can still have fun with canvas by punching a few holes in it and stringing your favorite fairy lights through.

Twiny and bright

twine

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Get twiny with your decor by spray painting twigs white and wrapping twinkle lights around them. Kind of like Christmas, but appropriate for all year long.

Photo props

backdrop

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Be the talk of the town at your wedding (or any other special occasion) by crafting a fabulous backdrop made of curtains and you guessed it, fairy lights.

Wall curtain

wall curtain

The perfect solution for renters or anyone who wants to decorate their walls without paint, these Ikea fairy light curtains can be hung wherever your heart desires ($8).

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Lighted vanity

mirror vanity

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? You! With these warm white fairy lights draped around your mirror, you'll never have a bad hair day again (Lights 4 Fun, $10).

The dreamiest hammock space

hammock

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Dream under the stars, take a nap, read a book, have a snuggle session, the choice is yours with dreamy fairy lights strung around a backyard hammock.

More: 10 Ingenious ways to hang a hammock

Crown molding upgrade

crown molding

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Crown molding is a marvelous addition to any space in your home. But add fairy lights and your wow factor will go up a notch (or a million).

Whimsical windows

whimsical windows

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Fairy lights mustn't be kept to bedrooms and outdoor spaces. We can have fun with them wherever we'd like, by draping them around any and every window in the home.

Getting dreamy with it

headboard

No bedroom is complete without its own personal fairy light ensemble. Make your own using firefly string lights, which are just small enough to allow you to drift off to dream land (Urban Outfitters, $18).

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