DIY Tulle Fairy Lights

Recently I was given a set of alphabet fairy lights (thanks Phil and Em!) You may have seen them, they come with clear plastic letters which you attach to each light and spell out a word or two. Very cool!

But then I thought I could do something more with them…so off I went to Pinterest to look for some inspiration. I pinned a couple of ideas to my Craft board, then I sort of worked it out myself 🙂 Mind you, I’m sure I am not the first person to do it this way!

DIY tulle fairy lights.

They were actually quite easy to make, the only obstacle was a certain kitty who insisted on ‘helping’!

Cue gratuitous cat photos…

So, I had to shut him outside for a bit so I could continue…

What you need: Tulle or other fine, soft fabric in colour/s of your choice, scissors, ruler, small rubber bands (I used loom bands), fairy lights.

I had some fine tulle, and some thin pink fabric (curtains I picked up at the Op Shop ages ago) that I have previously used to make some pretty fabric flowers. I tried a couple of variations using just the white tulle, but decided to add the pink in as well.

I cut some (very rough) shapes about 10cm square, allowing four squares per bulb, two pink and two white. I wasn’t too particular about making them perfect.

Can you see who is back ‘helping’??

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I layered the four squares in alternate colours. I really don’t think it would make any difference if you carefully lined up the squares, or mismatched them as I have done.

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I placed the bulb in the middle of the square

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Then folded it up around the bulb

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and gathered up the sides to make a flower shape.

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Next, simply slip a small rubber band over the top to hold it secure. I discovered the stash of loom bands sitting forgotten on our son’s bookcase, and used some of those. You’ve got some of those, too, haven’t you??

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Adjust the ‘petals’ attractively around the bulb. Then repeat for each of the remaining bulbs.

DIY tulle fairy lights, so pretty!

These bulbs are very low wattage, and don’t get very hot at all. So I don’t feel worried about them overheating. In fact, I’ve had them on for several hours tonight, and they are not even warm. But best to be safe, check yours regularly and you may choose not to leave them unattended.

And best of all, the decoration can be removed very easily if required.

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DIY tulle fairy lights.

I love the soft light they give out. Don’t you?

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