Tools and materials:
Bollard Garden Solar Lights
Solar Fairy Lights
1. Pick your lights
Bunnings have a huge selection of outdoor solar fairy lights and bollard lights – especially around the festive season. Head in store to take a look at their extensive selection and pick out the look you desire. We are using bollard lights to illuminate our pathways, and a string of LED fairy lights entwined in a tree for a delightful, decorative focal point.
2. Set up your bollard lights
Setting bollard lights up is as easy as one-two-three! Firstly, pull out the bottom section and turn it around so the spiked part is facing down. Next, flip open the top of the light and turn on the ‘on’ switch. Then decide where you’d like your lights to go – simple! The spiked part makes them really easy to stake into the ground and they’re portable too, meaning you can take them with you when you move – especially handy if you’re renting!
3. Set up your solar fairy lights
Fairy lights are a really easy way to make your backyard sparkle. There are lots of ways to use them – string them up under awnings, thread them through hedges, hang them down the walls of your house or do as we’re doing, entwine them up the trunk of a tree. They’re simple to install too – just stake the solar panel into a patch of sunny ground, then bury the lead under some soil or bark (if you can) so it looks nice and neat. Unravel your lights and hang as you like – and there you have it! Your very own magical land!
4. Charge them up!
The best part about these lights is that they only take a few hours to fully charge up – meaning by the time night falls, you’ll already have your desired effect. As long as the solar panel is in direct sunlight you’re good to go.
5. Let it shine
Your garden is now looking its shiniest, best self – well done!
Watch more projects from this episode
Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 3: Backyard Makeover by Tim and Mat.