Boho Fairy Lights...

$15
30 Minutes
Easy

Use a set of LED lights to create your own sweet boho fairy lights!... you can use cool or warm lights, coloured lights... different colours of ribbons, laces, fabrics... really whatever floats your boat!...
I chose a warm white indoor string of LED lights... if you want to use these outdoors on your porch or patio be sure to pickup an outdoor string of lights...
I used creams and whites and yellows for my light string...
Cut your ribbons/fabric strips/laces/yarn at various lengths and using a half knot or larks head knots to attach them to the light string...
...here is a larks head knot attached ribbon that gives you two tails!...
Work up and down your light string until you've completely filled the wire with you various fabrics/ribbons/toile/laces/fabric strips...
Cut them at various lengths or cut them all at the same length!... the end look is up to you!...
I also made some yarn tassels to hang off of my light string... I looped yarn around my hand about sixty times...
...remove the yarn loop and take a piece of string and tie the loop together at one end... leave the tails of this knot as you will use these tails to attach your tassel to your light string...
Tie a second piece of yarn around the top third of the loop, smushing the yarn all together and creating a bobble at the top...
Snip open the bottom of the loops and you've released your tassel ends!...
Again you can trim the ends even or unevenly - whatever you like... I went with the uneven look to add to the boho feel of my lighstring
Here is my finished string lit up in my kitchen in front of my chalkboard wall!... :)
LED lights stay cool but like any lit decoration be sure not to leave them unattended for long periods of time.
Here is a shot of a set that I made for a girlfriend that she's hung over her sweet upholstered headboard :)
Feathering My Nest - Lacey Haskell

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Duffy V
    on Dec 25, 2015

    What is this for?

  • Punkie0001
    on Dec 25, 2015

    What is it?

  • Sue
    on Apr 23, 2016

    From your photo of supplies, I couldn't really tell. What is the length of the lights you bought? Is this a 100 strand?

    • Alyce Lenzen
      on Apr 23, 2016

      From looking at the box it is a 12 foot long string. You could probably use what ever length you wanted depending on where you wanted to hang it.

    • Hi Sue - the amount of lights - I can't remember but really any length or amount of lights will work - its whatever you like! :)

    • Elwanna
      on Apr 23, 2016

      Wow lol

  • Valerie Mitchell Heron
    on Apr 23, 2016

    Could the strips get too hot?

    • She
      on Apr 23, 2016

      @Valerie Mitchell Heron TINY ONES like these don't usually, but never leave burnables on near wires if you aren't near to check. I have the5x bigger outside strings- no cloth &leave them on as nite lite over door frame- never been hot, but..Safety first- burn fr 2-3 hrs & see if hot.

    • @Valerie Mitchell Heron LED's do not get hot - and like any string of christmas lights they're not left on for hours on end unattended.

  • Michele Shaw
    on Apr 23, 2016

    This is a great idea to use up scraps! This would be pretty in a lil girls or teen room. So many possibilities. Thanks!

  • Willie Simpson
    on Apr 24, 2016

    Looks great... Will now need to figure out what a larks head knot is :-)

    • Clou77
      on Apr 24, 2016

      I was just thinking of how I'm going to decorate a large deck for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I'd like to use small white lights, along the railings/spindles, as it's going to be a sunset cocktail party. I'd like to go with a "bistro" type feel. You couldn't have posted your awesome idea at a more perfect time! But like Willie, I'm wondering if you could share how to tie a larks head knot. :)

    • Lynn Murphy-Picker
      on Apr 24, 2016

      Slip knot...

    • Derry
      on Apr 24, 2016

      Fold the strip in half and put the loop end under the lights' wire so the loop is on the bottom. Take the two ends down over the wire and put thru the loop and tighten.

    • Clou77
      on Apr 24, 2016

      @Derry Thank you! Sounds easy enough!

    • Deb Jackson
      on Apr 27, 2016

      I also thank you,,, can't wait to go get a strand of lights and get started...

  • Bev LeCloux Delchambre
    on Sep 7, 2016

    How many lights did you get on your light set?

    • Hi Bev - it varies depending on the length of set of lights - I've done it with a variety of lengths and number of lights :)

    • CJ
      on Sep 21, 2017

      If I may add my 2 cents for Bev and anyone else who is wondering the same;
      I suggest you determine where and how you want to hang your lights before shopping for them; remember to add in extra length for any swag(s) you might want then you will know how long of a light strand you will need. Or if you are a visual person like me and need to see your plan, you could try taping a piece of string or yarn where you want your light strand, arranging to your liking then measure the string. The lights I've purchased had lengths listed on the package however, they usually include the extra wire to reach the outlet or battery box in that measurement which may not have lights.
    • Luci McMullen
      on Sep 22, 2017

      This is beautiful and I have to do that for my room.
  • Porland1624
    on Feb 6, 2017

    I love it,did you know were I can buy a bag of scrap to do this

    • Meg
      on Feb 7, 2017

      You might try the fabric scraps area at a thrift store.

    • Doreen
      on Jul 30, 2017

      dollar store any where

    • Jessica Serrano-Gregg
      on Apr 28, 2018

      Etsy is the best place I’ve found to purchase fabric remnants. I did this using recycled silk sari ribbon remnants I purchased on Etsy. I bought two bags, 4oz. Each and that was more than enough plus nothing says boho than silk star ribbon! You get a really nice selection of random colors and sizes. Total cost was 12.00 for both bags! Very worth it!

  • Debbie
    on Feb 13, 2017

    How do you hide the electric cord or can you find battery operated string lights

    • Paola Hendrikse
      on Mar 11, 2017

      Wrap the cord with bias binding or lace and as you wrap incorporate some more of the trimming, this will tie the look together.

  • Sue Brushafer
    on Aug 15, 2017

    Any suggestions to do this for Christmas?
    • Tilly Katz
      on Jul 18, 2018

      I would use soft lights, mix some burgundy with natural cheese cloth,with Berry sprays, cinnamon sticks, and holly. Can't wait to decorate in guest room. Will keep it up throughout the winter season.



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