I know I’ve said I don’t like outdoor decorations much, but I make an exception for simple, fresh, crisp white lights. I love the solar outdoor fairy lights that have become available over the last few years, for very reasonable prices. The last couple of years I’ve strung a string through the bare branches of the small apple tree in our garden – but I thought I’d try something different this year!
This outdoor ‘tree’ smothered in light is so simple and very effective! You need a set of outdoor solar lights – this was a string of 100 lights on a 12m strand, six bamboo canes – mine were old 6ft ones I had lying around from the veg patch this summer, and some string. You could obviously make a bigger or a smaller tree, depending on your preferences and the lights you have available.
Start by arranging the bamboo canes in a rough circle. This is really easy in our lawn this winter because it’s been so wet recently!
Now tie the tops together firmly with some string or wire, whatever you have to hand, so that the canes are in a teepee shape. You don’t need a garden, of course, you could also create this in a pot planter on a sunny patio or balcony.
Finally, set up your solar lights. Usually these come with a small photovoltaic cell on a spike – you can install this in the centre of the ‘tree’. Then, starting at the top, just wind the lights around and around your tree, spreading them out as evenly as you can. Secure the ends with string if necessary, leave the lights to charge and wait for sunset.
I like it just simple as it is – but you could add some extra ‘tree’ details if you liked, like a star topper or some cheap plastic baubles. I rather like the fact it almost entirely disappears into the garden during the day, and only becomes a feature after dark.
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