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The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to infuse your home with festive cheer than by using fairy lights? These twinkling, delicate strands of light have the magical ability to transform any space into a cozy and enchanting wonderland. And the best part is that, in BC, these lights can actually be recycled once they’re burnt out. Many of the materials contained within these lights have valuable components that can be given a second life, so you can feel good about choosing a decorative item that has a circular solution!

In this blog post, we’ll explore the best ways to use fairy lights throughout the holidays and share some cute and creative ideas to make your home shine bright. While fairy lights and other fixtures are recyclable in BC, light bulbs are recyclable in many other provinces. If you have lights that have burnt out, read this article to learn about the importance of recycling lights and visit our recycling locator to find a recycling location near you.

Glimmering Mantelpiece Magic:

One of the most classic ways to use fairy lights is to use them to adorn your mantelpiece. Arrange the lights along the edges, allowing them to cascade gently or wrap around garlands and ornaments. If you would like to take things up a notch, you can accompany the lights with additional decorations like snaking them through with a pine garland, or adding snow globes, tiny villages, or ribbons to the mantel as well. The soft glow of the lights (and possible extra decorations) will create a warm and inviting focal point in your living room, perfect for cozying up with loved ones on chilly evenings around the warm fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate.  

 Bedroom Bliss:

Transform your bedroom into a dreamy haven by draping fairy lights above, behind, or around your headboard. Alternatively, you could use them to frame a large mirror, dresser, or bookcase. The soft illumination provides a subtle and calming ambiance, which creates a serene atmosphere—perfect for winding down after a day of holiday festivities. 

 Twinkling Tree Topper:

Another classic way to add an extra layer of holiday magic to your Christmas tree is by using fairy lights as a tree topper. Instead of a traditional star or angel on top of the tree, let cascading fairy lights create a mesmerizing effect as they drape down the branches. This unique touch will make your tree stand out and become the centerpiece of your holiday decor. In addition to the tree topper, fairy lights also look beautiful wrapped around the entire tree, as a garland! 

 Whimsical Wall Art:

Unleash your (holiday) creativity by using fairy lights to create whimsical wall art. Spell out festive words like “Joy” or “Noel” with the lights, or shape them into festive symbols such as snowflakes, reindeer, or even a Christmas tree. This DIY approach adds a personal touch to your decorations and allows you to express your holiday spirit in a unique way.  

 Outdoor Oasis:

Extend the holiday magic to your outdoor space by using fairy lights to illuminate your porch, balcony, or garden. String them along the railing, wrap them around potted plants, or drape them across outdoor furniture. The result? An inviting outdoor oasis that welcomes guests with a warm and festive glow. This tip is especially great if you live in an apartment or condo, and still want to decorate for yourself and your neighbourhood! 

 Magical Mason Jars:

Get crafty with mason jars by turning them into magical lanterns. Place fairy lights inside the jars to create a soft, diffused glow. Arrange these jars on tables, shelves, or as a charming centerpiece for your holiday gatherings. You can also paint or decorate the jars for an extra touch of holiday flair. 


Fairy lights are the perfect accessory to make your holidays sparkle and shine. Whether you’re decorating the living room, bedroom, or outdoor spaces, these delicate lights can add a touch of magic to any setting. Get creative, have fun, and let the warm glow of fairy lights turn your home into a festive wonderland this holiday season.  


And remember, if you need to recycle your old, broken, or burnt fairy lights, string lights, or any other kind of lights, visit our recycling locator to find your nearest location. Cheers to creating unforgettable moments surrounded by the enchanting glow of twinkling lights! 

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