DIY Autumn Fairy Lights in 30 Minutes

Autumn is a beautiful season.

I love to make the most out of nature and use it to decorate my home wherever possible. You might have seen my DIY branch photo hanger in a previous post.

So, as I started to walk my puppy outside I also spotted the beautiful colours of autumnal leaves on the trees and on floor from the fallen leaves and decided to do something fun with them. Below you’ll find a guide to create your own seasonal fairy lights that perfectly decorate the bedroom and add that Autumnal feel.

It’s super easy DIY idea so should take you no longer than half an hour, if that!

What You Will Need:

  • Fairy lights (or plain Christmas lights)
  • Autumnal Leaves
  • String
  • Tulle material (optional)

How to Create Autumnal Fairy Lights:

Step One: Prepare your Autumn Leaves


Firstly, collect the beautiful autumn leaves that you see in the park or street and choose a variety of sizes or shapes (whichever you fancy.) Put the leaves between two sheets of newspaper to dry them flat and once laid down on a smooth surface place a few heavy books on top. Leave them there for a few days for the best outcome.

Step Two: Decorate your Fairy Lights


Take your dried leaves and decide where you’d like them to go on your lights. I placed many of them in front of the light bulbs so that when switched on it’ll project the beautiful colours of the leaves into the room. I then secured the leaves using small pieces of cotton string. I’ve used white because my fairy lights are a light colour but if you have other coloured lights I recommend you match your string to it for a neater finish.

Try tying long pieces of tulle fabric onto your lights too, but be sure not to over do it as the main attraction are the leaves (in my opinion.)

Step Three: Hang it Up


White curtains – Dunelm | Fairy lights – B&Q

This bit isn’t as easy as you think. Firstly, you’ll need to decide where you’d like it to go and secondly you’ll have to move it around carefully so that the leaves don’t fall out! If you’re clumsy (like I can be) it may be worth hanging the lights up first and then adding the autumn leaves to it. Good luck.

This post is part of the Styling the Seasons campaign which is all about styling the home in a beautiful way to match the seasonal month that we’re in. Happy November! 

What do you think of these DIY fairy lights?


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • November 3, 2016

    Lisa Backsnbumps

    Great idea and so simple to make. I like changing up the house to reflect the different seasons.

  • November 3, 2016

    Jess Helicopter

    What an absolutely charming idea! I love it! I love embracing the seasons and this is such a lovely way to do it! Have you pinned this? If so I’ll pop over and add it to my ideas for the house board.

  • November 4, 2016


    They are beautiful! I love Autumn leaf decorations.

  • November 4, 2016


    What a great and creative idea. Love these, they look beautiful 🙂

  • November 5, 2016


    Sounds like a great idea, I wanted some Autumn decor in my living room. Activity for girls tomorrow, pick mummy some leaves to add to her fairy lights

  • November 5, 2016


    Oh Alina I do just love this, how clever and it looks so good x

  • November 5, 2016

    Grant R

    Great idea! Simple, clever and looks briliabt. Well done 🙂

  • November 5, 2016


    I have some fairy lights on at the moment – may send the kids out for some leaves now

  • November 5, 2016

    Newcastle Family Life

    Such a simple but effective idea, very autumnal x

  • November 6, 2016


    These look pretty and they are very unique. What a lovely idea to add the leaves to the lights.

  • November 6, 2016

    Lisa lambert (mumdadplus4)

    What a great idea I wish I had time to make stuff like this my daughter does all the craft in my house these days

  • November 6, 2016

    Little Pickle's Mom

    OOH I LOVE THIS! So lovely. My friend always decorates her home according to the season and it’s always so welcoming to come into. We’ve got a pretty fireplace in our lounge that I’d love to make the most of – might give this a go. Plus, love your curtains!

  • November 7, 2016


    Love love love this, so very pretty x