Wednesday, 14 May 2014

DIY Fairy Light Curtain

I've always been a big fan of fancy, delicate lighting - I have rows of fairy lights hung all around my bedroom and love sitting in bed reading with them all glowing around me. But this time I'm making this fairy light curtain as a photo backdrop for the studio as it's perfect for children as well as adults. I think it would work well for a pop up photobooth at a party or wedding but would also look equally as pretty in a bedroom or work space. It's not very expensive to create and you can pop it up in an afternoon.

What You Need

Sheer White Net Curtain - IKEA £5
Net Curtain Pole - Hardware Shop £2
2 Screw in Hooks - Hardware Shop £1 
LED String Fairy Lights - Amazon 200 LEDs Warm White
(22m of lights covered a 3x8ft space)
Stick on Fairy Light Hooks - Amazon

001. Measure the length of your fairy lights and measure the wall you are using. Think about the nearest plug socket. Use some high school maths to work out how many times the length of lights will go up and down the wall equally. My fairy lights went up and down the wall approx 6 times. 

002. Start by placing the first sticky hook and threading your lights up and down the wall. Use hooks wherever you need them and keep going until you reach the end of the lights (and hopefully a plug socket!)

003. Once all the lights are in place you can think about hanging your curtain. I only used one of the pair of curtains as this was plenty of fabric for my wall space. I threaded the curtain on to the pole and checked to see how it would hang from the very top of the wall.

004. Make a few marks where your hooks need to be, you may be able to push and screw the hooks straight into the wall, or you may need to drill holes first and fill these with plugs. Someone with more experience in these matters may now need to step in (ahem, Dad.) 

005. Hang up the curtain on your two hooks, arrange nicely and step back to view your creation! I also added a bed canopy curtain (on a round hoop) to the right which creates that shaping and it's also nice to photograph people under, but you could just use the other curtain in your pack. 

Tips for Using the Curtain in Your Photography

When using the fairy light curtain as a backdrop for photos ask your subject to step away from the wall by about 1m, and shoot on a wide aperture such as Fstop 1.4 or 1.8. This will create that bokeh out of focus effect that looks so beautiful! Visit for more of my photography.

(my beautiful cousin-in-law, Amy, poses in front of the curtain)



  1. This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing - I can't wait to give it a go when I have time!

    Helen x // Beautiful Curiosities

  2. This looks amazing. You're so talented.
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  3. Really cute, look great in that last photo

  4. This is such a good idea, and looks so gorgeous in the photographs! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | ASOS or Feelunique £25 Voucher Giveaway

  5. so cute! you do great diys :) x

  6. This is beautiful, i cant wait to try it out

  7. Omg, this is absolutely gorgeous! I'll definitely be trying this for sure!

    Yuen @ The Craziest Paradigm - fashion, beauty + lifestyle

  8. Amazing DIY (: Loved it

  9. I'm going to be installing room darkening curtains with a sheer scarf valance on 2 Windows (on one wall, with about 24" between them)...I'm thinking of wrapping or draping lights withing the valances. Would it be better to have 2 separate string of lights (1per window) or one large string to cover both windows at the same time?


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