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Cream traditional Australian style home with warm fairy lights across the roof, veranda and bushes along with light up candy canes as well as red and white decorative lollipops.
Decorating your home with lights – inside and out – is a surefire way to ignite some holiday spirit. We’re sharing 11 ideas for lighting up your Christmas.

Get in the Christmas spirit by festooning your home with lights. From twinkling outdoor decorations to illuminated wreaths to adding an atmospheric glow on the dining room table, lights can work wonders for creating a mood of joy, excitement, and togetherness. Follow these 11 ideas to light up your home for the holidays.

1. Adorn the outdoors

Outdoor Christmas lights not only welcome you home every evening with a happy glow, they’re also a delight for the entire neighbourhood. Share the Christmas spirit by wrapping lights around trees or winding them around bushes. Outline your home or door, or create some fun and festive-themed illuminated outlines.

Tip: Solar lights have the added benefit of not requiring any plugs, making it easier to customise your outdoor lighting.

2. Make it magical

Create instant atmosphere indoors by adding string lights. With so many different options, it’s easy to choose decorations that suit your personal style. Transform your home into Santa’s workshop with some fun and fanciful decorative lights or bright rope lights. Add twinkling icicle lights or fairy lights to your tree or windows to create a winter wonderland. If you have a staircase in your home, turn it into a festive feature by creating a stair rail garland.

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3. Make your own twinkling jars

Add sparkle to any room with twinkling jars. This D.I.Y. project makes it easy to spread Christmas cheer around the home. Simply add some fairy lights to a glass jar or planter, and you’ll have a transportable decoration for the dining table, mantlepiece or bathroom.

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4. Let it glow

Paper bag luminaries on the front step are a warm way to welcome holiday visitors, and it’s an easy D.I.Y. project to do with kids. Take some plain brown paper lunch bags and outline fun Christmas shapes (trees, gingerbread men, stars, etc.) on the bottom two-thirds of the bag.

Tip: Christmas cookie cutters work great for the outlines! Decorating one side of the bag will make for a stronger and more robust luminary.

Cut out the shapes, being careful to cut through only one side of the bag (and not both). Place a white paper lunch bag inside the brown one, folding the tops for a seamless look. Add a little weight at the bottom (sand or a couple of rocks) and light it up with some LED battery-operated tealights.

5. Create your own Christmas village

Using a drop cloth as a backdrop and a sturdy surface as the base, create your own miniature Christmas village. Add in a holiday musical Ferris wheel, for example.

This is a wonderful indoor project to get you in the holiday spirit. Make the village your own, using whatever artistic touches you like. Illuminate it with LED battery-operated tealights scattered around the village, and string curtain lights on the backdrop for a truly magical appearance.

6. Glow big with twig ball lanterns

If you love a Christmas spectacle, this easy D.I.Y. project is for you. Create rustic-looking, glowing ornaments from long, bendy branches. Start with one branch and curve it to form a circle, tying the ends together with wire. Do the same with a second branch, crossing it over the first branch before tying the ends together. Repeat this until you have a large ball-shaped ornament and create as many ornaments as you’d like.

Use twine to hang it, selecting the strongest point on the ornament as your anchor. Tie it to a tree branch, veranda or pergola beams, or any other location that needs some sparkle. Using battery-operated string lights, run a line of lights down the twine and pool the rest inside the ornament to create a lovely lantern.

7. Add a few lighted Christmas wreaths

Lighted Christmas wreaths are a simple, no-fuss way to instantly add a festive touch to any room, door, or table.

Tip: If you’re short on time or energy this season, pick up a few wreaths and watch how easily they’ll transform your home.

Christmas wreath on a timber front door with fairy lights

8. Set up smart sparkles

Making your home merry and bright has never been easier. You can harness technology to control your lights with your smartphone. Create a timer that automatically turns your lights off after you’ve gone to bed or ask your smart assistant to turn them on before you get home, so you can arrive to a warm, festive glow. You can even change the colour of your Christmas lights!

9. Save space by making a mini-Christmas tree

If you’re short on space, you can still fill the room with holiday spirit. Make your own mini-Christmas tree, also known as a Christmas teepee. This easy D.I.Y. project is the ideal decoration to light up the bottom of a staircase, your mantle, garden, entryway, or deck. (If you use solar-powered, waterproof fairy lights, it’s suitable for the outdoors.) You could even use it as your main tree, piling up presents around the base. This is a cost-effective Christmas decoration that will last for years if properly stored and cared for.  

10. Light up the night

Create a glittering wonderland of light for your family and guests by draping your outdoor area in festoon lights. These versatile mood-creators are affordable, energy efficient and easy to install. They can light up your outdoor area year-round, taking you from Christmas and New Year’s festivities all the way through summer barbecues to Christmas in July.

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11. Illuminate your walls

Use multi-coloured LED rope lights to create a spectacular piece of illuminated wall art. This D.I.Y. project is a wonderful way to unleash your inner artist to create a cost-effective and unique Christmas decoration.

To create a gallery-like feel in your home, all you’ll need is a mesh panel, some spray paint, rope lights and a dash of creativity. Write a word or create a Christmassy shape and hang it anywhere in your home, illuminating the space with holiday cheer.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.