DIY Fairy Light Christmas Tree

Kira Simpson

Brought to you by Bunnings

Each year I create a DIY Christmas Tree and this year Bunnings have challenged me to “Light up Christmas” using some of their festive lighting range.

This simple fairy light tree was so easy to make, using only two items, lights and hooks, and you can make it as big or as small as you like to suit your space.

The corner I chose to hang the string light tree was a little bare, so I created a whole little scene with an old rug, some presents, and an extra fairy light DIY using some foraged sticks.

I love how it turned out! I keep turning the lights on just to see it all lit up and feeling festive!

 

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

DIY Fairy Light Christmas Tree

For this project I used:

You’ll also need some twine and bluetack to measure out the space to make sure you get it right the first time!

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

Planning the Tree

Start by measuring the space and using the twine and bluetack, map out how big you’d like your fairy light tree to be and where your lights are going to zigzag.

Once you have those in place grab your lights and stick them to the bluetack to see how the placement looks and adjust as needed. It’s worth spending a little extra time getting it right at this stage, it’s much easier to move bluetack than adhesive!

When you’re happy with the placement, remove the twine then start sticking the adhesive strips where you’ve placed the bluetack  – when you remove the bluetack, give the wall a wipe with a dry cloth to give the adhesive the best chance at sticking. Repeat until you’ve assembled all the adhesive strips.

Starting at the top, string your lights in a zigzag along the wall, pulling taught and attaching to the hooks as you go along. Finally, plug the lights in to make sure all looks good.

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

Now the fun part, decorating!

I wanted a pretty pink pastel theme and used some dried flowers I found at a local flower shop. Dry flowers are a great option to decorate because you can customise your colour theme and cut them up in different sizes to suit the tree.  I also had some eucalyptus branches that I didn’t end up using that would be perfect for an Australian native bush theme if you want to forage for decorations.

This part took the longest as I added and removed pieces to get the look I wanted. take your time and have fun with this part, the tree will be up for at least a month so you want to love it!

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

Stick Light DIY

I wanted to create a whole fairy light corner, so these stick lights were the perfect option to fill the corner. These were super easy and they look so lovely all lit up.

I found some sticks of varying lengths at my local park – I did have to explain to Charlie why she couldn’t have them.

I used these lights with flexible wire making it easy to wrap around the branches. Ichose these lights because I like the natural look of the twine and have cute little bells on them, but these ones would also work really well.

Starting from the top wrap the lights around the branches and pop them into a vase or planter – I used an old toilet roll holder!

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

Light up Christmas

Now fill the space with whatever you would like to create a festive corner. I brought these curtain lights which I love, but thought it would be too much for this space so I’ll use this one in another part of the house.

I added a rug, small table and some presents to give it a Christmas feel, plus the little Santa that’s been with us for years. Then I topped it off with the hemp star and lit everything up!

All up it took about an hour to put together, it was very easy and looks so beautiful when all lit up. I think this tree will be staying up for a few months past Christmas!

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree
DIY Fairy light Christmas Tree

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is a sustainability advocate, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.