THE BEST WAY TO USE FESTOON LIGHTS IN YOUR GARDEN
We've all been there, spent hours in the garden weeding, planting, tidying up the deck areas, getting ready for guests or to just sit back and relax. But then it gets dark. Now you crave ambient lighting to set the mood and also allow you to enjoy the space a little longer.
If you truly want to make the most of your garden space (and for many of us, the only time we really get to enjoy it is in the evenings), why not think about adding some festoon lights? Not only will it provide light (obviously), it will also add a wonderful feature to your garden.
HOW TO HANG YOUR FESTOON LIGHTS
When it comes to hanging your festoon lights, there are so many options. Be creative and look at your existing structures and what you have in your garden. You don't need a load of fancy clips or hooks to get started. One of the most common looks is the loop effect, like a U shape where you only need two points to hang them.
Few ideas to get you thinking:
HANG THEM FROM YOUR TREES/WALLS/SHED
You can use your trees in the garden to wrap them around and drape them over the patio area. Anything that is fixed in your garden space is ideal to use to hang your lights. You don't always need multiple hooks and clips or need to hang in a uniform patterned shape.
USE YOUR PERGOLA OR GARDEN PARASOL
I think one of the most effective ways to display festoon lights is to drape them under a pergola or parasol. You can create a wonderful cascade effect and it will perfectly light up your outdoor living space in the evenings.
NO FIXED ITEMS IN THE GARDEN?
Don’t worry, you can get creative and invent ways to hang your lights. Use heavy plant pots with plants in and place tall sticks deep into the pots to hang the lights around the garden. You could also create your own festoon light holders by using large plant pots or buckets, a very large branch or stick and fill the bucket with cement to hold the branch in place.
WANT TO MAKE A REAL FEATURE OUT OF FESTOONS?
A bit like instagrammers hanging ladders from their bathroom ceiling, you could hang a ladder from a nearby tree and drape festoons over them to provide a stunning lighting solution over a garden table.
Not all festoon lights have to be hung above in the garden. They are also a great feature to light up a garden path or patio or even display them around flower beds to light up the greenery and floral displays in the evening.
You'll most likely find your festoons don't sit in the one space forever and that's the beauty of them. So versatile, adapt them around what you need for at that moment.
Hope that's given you some ideas and inspiration!