Recently, I was lucky enough to catch a really good deal on a set of 2 remote controlled fairy string lights through Snagshout. They’re multicolored, waterproof, and battery operated, and have 8 light modes. For the sake of transparency, when I received these lights, 1 did not work with its remote. It worked via the button on the unit, but did not respond to any button pushing on the remote. However, when I contacted YiHong Life, they happily sent me a coupon for a new set.
I usually go all out when decorating the outside of my house for Christmas; however, I don’t have any exterior outlets. So, I have to run power cords out of my garage and that limits how much I can put out. One of my decorations is a homemade lit wreath, but it requires an electrical plug. I saw these fairy string lights as the perfect opportunity to replace that wreath.
Here are the materials I used to make the wreath (those not pictured I had on hand already):
2 Mini Garlands (3ft-5ft)
Red Acrylic Paint (not pictured – I used Liquitex)
Foam Brushes (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)
And, of course, 1 set of fairy string lights:
The great part of this craft project is that you can choose to decorate with whatever theme fits your existing Christmas decorations. I have a lot of gingerbread and candy themed pieces, so that’s what I went with.
I started out painting the wood cutout of “Merry Christmas” with a foam brush. I had some red Liquitex acrylic paint already and it took two coats to cover the wood grain. I started at the beginning of nap time and it was dry by the end.
Then, I wove the fairy string lights around and in/out of the wreath. The wires were bendable and easy to secure without any outside help. I secured the box on the back of the wreath with some hot glue, making sure to leave the lid free to open in order to replace the batteries.
My 3 year-old helped me choose the placement of the garland and ornaments, making sure to leave room for the wood cutout at the bottom. After I laid it all out, I went piece-to-piece gluing each one to the branches. I carefully squeezed the glue onto the back of each ornament and every point out of plain sight where the garland touched the branches, so the glue is barely noticeable.
Finally, I glued on the wood “Merry Christmas” cutout on the bottom and hung the wreath on my front door with an over-the-door hook. Thanks to the remote, I can turn the wreath on from my living room couch!
See it in action:
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