Twinkle at twilight: make flower fairy lights for a country garden party

Outdoor fairy lights dressed up with faux flower petals and fabric scraps can pretty up a trellis, tree or shrubbery for a few hours.

Use battery-powered fairy lights designed for outdoor use. We used faux flowers in shades of pink and added more petals cut from pastel coloured floral fabrics in cottons and linens. For the bottom petal layer, cut a flower shape from fabric, make a hole in the middle and push through one of the fairy light bulbs. Take a selection of faux flowers, and pull the heads off the ‘stalks’ so you are left with layers of petals. Poke the bulb through the precut holes and press the fabric layers back ensuring nothing touches the light element (see picture). Tie a few bows of ribbon loosely along the wire if liked. Always use fairy lights according to the manufacturer’s advice and don’t leave decorated lights unattended when switched on.
Faux flowers, similar from John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

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More summer ideas for faux flowers
Scatter the heads of fake blooms on the tablecloth to give alfresco entertaining a summery informality. Instead of napkin rings, tie individual rolled linen napkins with beautiful ribbon and tuck in a faux flower – a different ribbon and flower for every guest suits a party mood. Similarly, you could tie a faux flower or two with a guest’s name handwritten on a luggage tag to the back of each chair. Finally, a big bunch of stunningly natural-looking faux sunflowers looks delightful in a conservatory or garden room and (mysteriously) lasts all summer…

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