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Decorative fairy light ideas that work in any room in your home

If you love the subtle ambience of fairy lights, but you aren’t quite sure how to use them in your home aside from the traditional holidays, come check out our finds for some of the cutest methods of utilizing decorative indoor string lights.

There are so many ways to string these sparkly delights that we decided to break them into zones for you. This way you can imagine how they could be best used in your space, room by room. Let’s start with the entryway to your home.

Light up the entrance

The entryway or foyer is a great area for fairy lights any time of year. They keep things warmly inviting and light your way without being too bright for guests’ eyes to adjust as they enter.

Try them out in some of the following ways:

Some fairy lights ideas can be used in almost any space

Fill a vessel with the glow of indoor fairy lights, and let it spread throughout the space. This can be done in many ways:

  • Fill glass jars with them. These can be strung along and hung intermittently to light up the hallway if small/light enough, or placed on side or end tables, dressers, etc. Fairy lights can also look nice in tall slender glasses or in Mason jar sconces. Lovely Etc. explains how to make a DIY Fairy Lantern in less than five minutes!
  • Fill a basket or another pretty container (or groups of containers) with fairy lights and place them neatly along a line.
  • Don’t be afraid to set up scenes and get creative. Some people choose to write words in the lights while others create scenes.

Spruce up the living room

Add some twinkle to your kitchen

Make your bathroom magical

Upgrade your bedroom with all sorts of fairy lights decorations

The bedroom could use a bit of that magical touch that fairy lights bring.

How to hang fairy lights without nails

When you’re ready to hang your lights, untangle them, stretch them out to see how many you have, how far they reach, and whether any are broken or not working. If the spacing between lights is too wide for your tastes, there are ways to shorten them up, such as winding them around any extra hooks you hang between the ones you use, or hiding the extra by winding behind fixtures along the way.

Be sure to measure it all once you’ve stretched everything out, then measure out where you need to hang your hooks on the wall in order for everything to be spaced as you wish. Make sure it’s all even, and — voila! Now it’s time to hang your lights. But what will you use?

Since most of us prefer not to leave nail holes in the wall when it’s unnecessary, and fairy lights are normally quite lightweight, there are several ways to illuminate your home with these glimmering lights without using nails. Let’s take a peek at a few:

  • Command strips adjustables: These are ideal for stringing lights indoors. Get these for when you may need to readjust them a couple of times.
  • Other damage-free adhesive hooks: You can also use these hooks if you have different types of cords with your lights.
  • Suction cup hooks: These also work for hanging lights on walls without leaving damage.
  • Blue tack: This is like a thick, tacky substance similar to silly putty that holds things in place without causing damage. This should work for smaller fairy lights. It has numerous other uses and is reusable to boot!

Tips for the best way to hang fairy lights

Whatever method you choose, remember these tips:

  • Be aware of the lights you bought and their use, particularly if you’re hanging the fairy lights outside. Some lights are meant for indoor use only.
  • Make sure the lights are LEDs if you plan to hang them near curtains or fabric of any kind.
  • If you plan to hang anything heavy from your fairy lights, it’s best to use nails.
  • If you’re hanging lights on a brick wall, you can use hot glue to keep them in place.
  • If your lights have a battery pack, try hiding it behind items on shelves. You can also use Velcro to secure it to a wall.
  • If you’re forming a word or a shape with your lights, write it on the wall in pencil first.

Now that you’ve got some ideas, you can begin to decide where to hang your lights, what kind you’ll most likely purchase, as well as which types of adhesives you’ll use. We’ve seen some great deals going on at Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Wayfair, and other places, and the best time to shop for them is, of course, off season if you see them. (We found some at Dollar General for a steal of a price and they lasted several holidays, so you may want to check there, too, if you hope to save a buck.)

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