The lights are too ‘lit’

String lights are beautiful. And they have the ability to turn the most prosaic house or garden into a fairyland with their magical glow. Too bad they come out of storage only during Diwali. If you are loathe to return the twinkly chains of lights to their boxes now that the festive season is over, make them a part of the décor of your room or dorm room. Team YOU has put together a few ways in which you can continue your romance with the fairy lights till the next festive season.

  • Published 24.10.17
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String lights are beautiful. And they have the ability to turn the most prosaic house or garden into a fairyland with their magical glow. Too bad they come out of storage only during Diwali. If you are loathe to return the twinkly chains of lights to their boxes now that the festive season is over, make them a part of the décor of your room or dorm room. Team YOU has put together a few ways in which you can continue your romance with the fairy lights till the next festive season.

Bright bed

If you have a bed with a headboard, you can drape a string around it. If you use only bright, white LED lights, you can even read a book by it. If you want it to double as a nightlight, use coloured chains of rice lights. These are much dimmer and will not disturb your sleep. If you feel a little iffy about draping your bed with wires that have the potential to give an electric shock, you can drape the string of lights like a border between the walls and the ceiling. This has the magical ability to turn even your messy, shabby hostel room into a fairy land, with a tint to the walls and a rosy glow on the plain floor.

Picture perfect

Drape a string of lights back and forth across a stretch of blank wall. You need a really long string for this. Not only will it add a soft, warm glow to your room, you can also use clothes clips to hang photos between the lights. If you already have a collage of pictures put up, you can simply drape the string lights around it like a frame. If you have a large painting on the wall — especially one painted in darker colours — it too will get a magical glow if you drape some fairy lights around it.

Mirror image

If you dream of having a make-up mirror with the correct lighting, you can change your own basic one by draping multiple chains of light around it. Make sure that you use only white string lights for this. The coloured ones may look lovely but they are not bright enough to do your make-up by. If decoration is your only aim then coloured lights look lovely draped around a full length mirror left leaning on the wall. Even that mirror on your chipped wardrobe in the hostel will look better with a string of lights around it.  

Starry night

Those of you who would love to sleep under the stars but cannot work out the logistics of it, take heart. Sleeping under a ceiling draped side to side with string lights gives you much the same feeling. The bonus is that your stars will not twinkle out even when bad weather is forecast. And you need not worry about running up a huge electricity bill for your beautiful indoor sky; string lights usually have LED bulbs, so electricity consumed is minimum. 

Bottled up

Use string lights to make the easiest possible lamp. Find a bottle you like the shape of, unscrew the cap or pop the cork and fill it with fairy lights. You can drill a hole at the bottom for the wire or simply take it out of the mouth of the bottle. Plug it in and voila, you have a custom made lamp! Put it on your table. Or wrap it up. Anyone you gift it to will definitely be impressed with your creativity.

Canvas cool

If you have a blank canvas handy, you can attach a string of lights to it in any random pattern. If you attach the coloured lights behind the canvas, it will look even better. You may be no Picasso but there’s your original piece!

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