How to Make a DIY Fairy Light Tree With String Lights

9 Materials
5 Hours

Many of us wish we could have outdoor lights glowing year-round; sadly, knotted electric cords and high energy bills hold us back. Thankfully, technology has advanced. Today, I’d like to share how I made a DIY fairy light tree with Starbright’s solar-powered string lights that could stay on year-round. Having solar-powered lights eliminates the need for long electric cords. This project was sponsored by Starbright.

This 5-foot fairy light tree is the perfect size to stand on your covered patio/porch surrounded by greenery or flowers. Making your own fairy tree is only one example of how you could use solar-powered lights. There are many other creative ways to use them from Brightology.

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For more info and pictures visit my website at DIY Fairy Light Tree. You could also see my other project here.

Step 1 – Find a Tree Twig

Step 2 – Trim Unnecessary Branches

Step 3 – Wrap the Branches with Aluminum Foil 

Step 4 – Cut Boards for the Base

Step 5 – Drill a Hole for the Spike and Cut the Angle

Step 6 – Assemble the Base

Step 7 – Paint the Base

Step 8 – Attach Tree Branch to the Base

Step 9 – Attach Solar Panel to the Base

Step 10 – Wrap the Wire with Lights Around the Tree 

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  • Selena75 Selena75 on Oct 27, 2021

    Let me clarify I’m not trying to offend anyone. I would love to know how or be able to afford someone to run electricity in my back yard! Since we can’t I like the inexpensive ways to accomplish lighting. We also have a lot of power outages and the solars have made it most of the night many times. I love the idea of this project and I like to encourage fellow crafters.

  • Sheilah Perry-rosales Sheilah Perry-rosales on Oct 30, 2021

    Why the foil?

  • Katen Katen on Oct 17, 2023

    Totally on board with solar but have had disappointing results. What kind are you proposing? I think maybe ones I buy I’m getting what I pay for. Any hints on what to look for, how often to replace batteries? I’m mostly interested in holiday lighting, but I put up lights for just about holiday so used more than just Christmas

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  • Tina RaiderTucker Tina RaiderTucker on Apr 07, 2024

    Where would I find a solar panel?

    • Lise Lise on Apr 07, 2024

      You buy the string lights that are already attached to a solar panel. If you look at the resource list there is a link that you can use as reference. All the big box stores carry them, you will be able to find them locally.

  • Chriss Chriss on Apr 07, 2024

    Amazon is my go to for solar lights. Every color and length imaginable is yours!