17 DIY Ways to Use Fairy Lights in Your Decor

Coffee filter fair light string.

If you’ve taken a peek at Pinterest recently, you’ve probably seen one trend that’s been popping up left, right, and center: fairy lights. Fairy lights are tiny string lights usually on a thin, copper wire with small, bright bulbs, and they are fabulous. They make just about anything look magical and can be thrown into more DIYs than you might imagine! Here are 17 creative ways to incorporate fairy lights into some amazing projects.

1. String Picture Display

Got some Polaroids of your family or your squad that you want to display? Stringing fairy lights across a wall is an unexpected way to display pictures by clipping them along the lights!

2. Mason Jar Lights

Mason jars are a fool-proof way to jazz up any room, but fill them with fairy lights and hang them on some repurposed wood and you have the rustic decor of our dreams.

 3. Lighted Mirror

Your reflection just got a lot more magical. You can drape fairy lights over just about anything to take most objects from bland to bright, and your full-length mirror is no different.

4. Branch Decor

 If you’re all about that rustic chic look, then you know that the best piece of decor is right in your backyard: branches. Whether they’re being hung from the ceiling or covered in spay paint, branches are a simple and cheap way to up your decor.

Take things a step further by wrapping branches in fairy lights to make these basic pieces shine.

5. DIY Lighted Chandelier

The great thing about fairy lights is that they can be used to decorate inside or outside, as this DIY proves. This homemade chandelier is easy to make with just a few simple materials, and it can light up a dining room or an outside event.

6. Candle Accent

Most people probably think the last thing that needs a string of fairy lights is a candle, but you might be surprised. Wrapping a string of copper lights around a candle (whether it’s real or fake) is a great way to accessorize a plain accent piece.

7. Wall Accent

A really clean way to highlight a decorative wall is with fairy lights! Simply stringing a line of lights around a wall is a quick and stylish way to really accent the wall.

8. Lighted Words

Another quick way to decorate a wall with fairy lights? Spell an inspirational word! Once you choose the word you want, use pins to form the outline of the word and then hang the lights on the pins to create the quote.

9. Light Up Shelves

Feel like a pantry shelf or bookshelf is looking kind of boring in the back? Quickly bring a little light to the situation by hanging fairy lights behind the shelves to fill the empty space.

10. DIY Lantern

We love the look of brass lanterns in decor, especially on the side tables. Now you can make your own lanterns sparkle by filling empty shells with fairy lights! This cluster of lights will give a magical look to any empty lantern and cast a really unique glow in your home.

11. Unqiue Christmas Tree

This might be a little out of season, but we’re keeping this idea in the back of our minds for when Christmas rolls around again! Rather than drag in a full-blown pine tree, we love the idea of making your OWN tree by nailing branches and ornaments to a wall and lighting the “tree” up with some lovely lights.

12. Lit Staircase

We LOVE this fun use of fairy lights, wrapping them around the posts going up a staircase and really lighting the way upstairs. Great for a sleepover or party, or even as a permanent piece of decor in your home.

13. Outdoor Decor

Like we said, fairy lights aren’t just for indoors. If you have an outdoor area, a wonderful way to decorate it without going crazy is hanging fairy lights in the trees above. Perfect for a summertime barbecue or bonfire!

14. Planter Decor

No outdoor space for a garden? Doesn’t mean you can’t add a little bit of green in your home with a hanging planter. Jazz up the planters by nailing them to some recovered wood, and then add little mason jars of fairy lights to make this a true focal point of any room.

15. Homemade Constellations

Love star gazing? With this DIY you can make your very own constellations on the ceiling of your bedroom, so you’re always looking up at starry night.

16. Light-Up Headboard

One of our favorite fairy light DIYs, this project is going to turn your bedroom into a magical wonderland. Make your own, unique bedroom headboard by hanging strings of fairy lights above your bed!

17. Flowery Decor

What can you possibly make with coffee filters and fairy lights? This amazing string of flowery decor that you can drape over any dresser, vanity, or hang on any wall! This is an incredibly easy project and it comes out looking so cool.

What do you think of these bright DIYs? Do you use fairy lights in a different way? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.