How To Create A Festive Fairy Light Garland

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2 Simple Steps To Make A Festive Fairy Light Garland

Light up garland with the text

DIY festive fun...

Light up garland wrapped around a bannister.

Banister decoration

Light up white garland made into a wreath on a green outside door.

Welcoming glow!

There is something inherently crafty about Christmas; from linking paper chains in front of the television to building a delicious gingerbread house, December has always been the DIYers’ time to shine. Whilst we only have fond memories of the salt dough tree decorations from our school days, we will be spending our cosy Advent evenings making a much more style conscious Christmas decoration… a gorgeous glowing tulle fairy light garland!

So if you’re looking for a new Noel DIY decoration that will add the perfect touch of twinkle to your home, then follow our 2 simple steps (that’s right, only 2) to create your own fabulous Christmas fairy light garland.

What you'll need...

Pick the perfect shades of tulle to match your festive palette, grab your favourite Christmas lights, pop on a festive film (optional) and get started.

Picture of scissors, fairy lights and sheets of tulle.

STEP ONE - Cut The Tulle Into Strips

Begin by cutting your tulle into roughly even strips. The tulle can be any length depending on the thickness you would like your garland to be – our measurements were around 24cm long and 5cm wide.

Person cutting the tulle with scissors.

Snip snip...

Person measuring tulle with a ruler.

Don't worry about being accurate.

Person measuring a section of tulle with a ruler.

Roughly even!

STEP TWO - Tie on to the fairy lights

For a fuller effect, double up two strips of tulle and tie on to the cable of your fairy lights (we used warm white fairy lights). Repeat this step until you are complete, mixing the tulle together or varying colours between bulbs makes for a more structured look.

Spread the project over a few evenings or cosy up by the fire and dedicate an afternoon to this crafty creation. After a viewing of Home Alone 1, 2 and possibly 3 (depending on how quick you are at tying knots), you will have created your garland! Now all that’s left to do is switch on the magical little lights. Drape over your mantelpiece, display it on a sideboard or twist it up a bare banister.

Person tying the tulle around fairy lights

Tie a knot

Person tying tulle around several sections of lights.

A few knots in

Person finishing tying tulle around lights.

Keep going...

White garland wrapped around a bannister.

'Glowing' up the stairs!

A Winter Wonderland Wreath

Create you own Christmas miracle by transforming your garland into a wonderful winter wreath in moments by wrapping it around a metal frame (found in any good haberdashery for around £1). Whilst we chose icy tones with warm white lights, why not try using green tulle for a more traditional looking wreath.

Copper wreath frame on a wooden table.

Wreath frame

White DIY wreath.

Glowing wreath

Light up wreath on a green front door.

Welcoming glow


Just like a puppy, this DIY creation is not just for Christmas… mix and match colours of fairy lights and tulle to create garlands for any occasion. Select colours to compliment your wedding scheme or combine pink tulle and lights for the perfect princess party decoration.