SHINE BRIGHT, WIN BIG
November 28 2016

With Christmas just around the corner, we are reuniting with our favourite Christmas decorations, the ones we’re always tempted to keep out all year round; you guessed it – fairy lights!

This year, we’re inviting you to join us in a fun competition that will have you styling with Christmas lights and giving you the chance to win a share in $5,000 in prizes. It pays to be creative! The Lights On Christmas Competition hosted by Vicinity Centres will award four finalists and one major prize winner for the most creative photograph showcasing their Christmas light display ideas; and you won’t need a big budget, just big creativity.

To give you some inspiration we have turned our years of fairy light adoration into Christmas décor pieces. Whether you’re styling your home for the festive season, or looking for ideas to enter this competition, head to your local Vicinity Centre, like we did and find everything you need to add that extra sparkle this Christmas!

Want some ‘inspo’? You can start here:

1.DIXIE CUP LIGHT GARLAND

Ordinary disposable cups can truly transform a plain string of lights. Gather sheets of semi-translucent stationery paper – be sure to go for a theme and a complementary colour palette, and make sure you include patterns for maximum visual appeal. Cover the cups, allowing about 1cm of paper to extend below the edge of the bottom of the cup.

Then simply puncture some holes that are tight enough to house each light bulb and thread the lights through the holes.

The result can be spectacular, and this is the one decoration you can display all year round.

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2. STAR WREATH

Not just pretty but a great up-cycling project too. You can use driftwood, sticks, branches or timber leftovers to create the shape of your star. You will need five pieces of the same thickness and dimension (we used 80cm lengths).

Not for the perfectionist, this is better if it looks a little rough. Nail the pieces together not worrying about precision and paint white. Then wrap around a string of battery operated fairy lights, either alone or mixed with some Boston ivy. It’s a real showstopper!

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3. BRANCH CHRISTMAS TREE

We see more and more people embracing alternative Christmas tree ideas.

Let’s face it, Christmas trees are gorgeous when we first put them up, but packing them up in January? Well, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

If you’ve always wanted a low maintenance alternative to a Christmas tree, start collecting those branches. You will need to choose a pot  that fits your display area.  Marble, silver, gold or other metallic pots are great for the festive season and beyond. Using florist foam blocks on the inside of your pot, position and arrange branches of your choice. Spread and weave the fairy lights around each branch until they all are evenly covered. Too simple, but stunning!

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4. SPARKLE FABRIC GARLAND

We love burlap; it’s neutral, rustic and not overly feminine.

You will need a pair of really sharp scissors, and burlap or hessian fabric you can cut to 10cm x 5cm strips. If you want to add some extra charm, why not source used coffee bean sacks? You will need to cut quite a few strips according to the length of your string lights, and once you’re done, the fun begins. Tie each piece evenly on the light string making sure you add as many as you can to give your garland a plush look.

Then all you need to do is find the perfect place to use it – decorate a staircase, a dark corner or and why not try placing it around a huge vase for the ultimate rustic-glam table centre piece!

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5. PLYWOOD LIGHT CHRISTMAS TREE

This is one your kids will love. All you need is a sheet of plywood, cut to the dimensions you desire, a packet of medium length nails, and preferably fairy lights with translucent wiring. Sketch out the shape of your tree with pencil first, then start nailing, considering that each nail will be the point where you weave through and position the string lights to form your tree shape. Get your kids involved at this point, to thread the lights and flick the switch to turn on their creation. This tree is the ultimate space saver, and ideal for outdoor patios, balconies or verandas.

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We’d love to see your ideas! With a MASSIVE $5000 in prizes up for grabs, it’s time to deck the hall with your sparkling creativity. To enter, simply submit a photo of your Christmas light display at www.addalittlesparkle.com.au and be sure to tag or follow #addalittlesparkle for all the festive action on Instagram.

 

Head to your local Vicinity Centre to find special gifts for the ones you love, shining stars to top your tree, a Christmas feast to fill your table or a special outfit for the big day.

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