Like most lights, plug-in lights have the benefit of never running out of battery – meaning you can invest in longer, larger or more ornate designs, like our Wire Garland Lights, without worrying about running out of power every few days. However, when you come to hanging your fairy lights – bearing in mind how and where you do it is crucial, as you’ll need to be close enough to a plug socket or invest in a surge-protected extension lead to reach.
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Battery operated lights
Unlike their mains-powered counterpart, battery-powered fairy lights let you cut the cord quite literally – meaning they’re easy to hang anywhere in your living room and all around the house, opening up all-new creative designs. The only thing to worry about it hiding and securing your battery packs, as you can tear the wire if you let them dangle.
If you’re hanging your fairy lights in a straight line or zig-zag pattern, many people choose to support them with a few sturdy nails tapped in at regular intervals – with the lights threaded between. If you want them to blend in, you can always pick nails that match the colour of your fairy lights’ wire too.
For those keen on keeping the strength and support that nails offer, but without making as much impact on your walls, thumb tacks are a great solution. The go-to option for many of us, they’re simple to use as you go too – just push your pins into the wall between your strands of fairy lights as you trace out whatever pattern you prefer. Just like nails, choosing pins with a similar coloured end to your wire is an easy way to keep them disguised.
Many of us don’t want any holes or marks on our walls at all – especially if you’re taking your lights down after Christmas. With that in mind, Blu Tack can be an excellent way to hang your fairy lights – in particular if you’re draping your fairy lights in a horizontal or curtain design.
Simply stick one of your lights to the wall, either from the bulb or the wire, and let the rest dangle down in a festive trail. Just bear in mind to use short lengths of fairy lights for this, as anything longer or heavier may fall off the wall.
Short on wall space? Wire suckers are a handy way for making the most of your unused decoration space at Christmas, especially your windows. A simple combination of a pincher or hook and a suction cup, you can create everything from spelled-out words like ‘LOVE’ or a festive tree pattern in lights just by arranging your suckers and threading your wire through them.
A simple and lightweight alternative to suckers, light clips are excellent for hanging your fairy lights from curtain rails, pendant lights and bannisters thanks to their multi-purpose split design. Hook one half round your décor, and the other round your fairy lights, then work out how far you want the trail to stretch – simple!
Adhesive hooks are often used for hanging artwork, which means they can withstand a lot of weight – so you can use longer strings of fairy lights without worry. Peel off the removable backs and press against the wall where you want them to go, then wait an hour before using them to make sure they’re properly stuck.