Balcony fairy lights – how to create a serene corner without too much effort?

Written by Kremena Ruseva

In recent years, interior designers have proven that fairy lights aren’t just for winter parties. Thanks to the “hygge” fashion, which represents a super cozy decoration of Scandinavian origin, these small decorative elements have quickly become a must have even during the summer. This is exactly the topic of our article of the day –balcony fairy lights. So, we’re going to show you several ways to brighten up your outdoor space with easy DIY ideas using different materials. You will also find various ways to hang them and combine them to create a small oasis in your home. Go for it!

How to decorate your balcony with fairy lights?

How to decorate your balcony with fairy lights


Adding lighting to your balcony is a great way to extend your evenings outdoors to take full advantage of the good weather and mild temperatures. A well-decorated space creates a warm atmosphere, ideal for relaxing after work. Forget social networks, smartphone and laptop… Instead, prepare yourself a colorful vegetable platter, open a bottle of wine, light some candles and your fairy lights, and invite your friends. It’s nice, isn’t it!? Who wouldn’t love an evening like this?!

What type of balcony fairy lights to choose?

What type of balcony fairy lights to choose


Basically, there are three types of fairy lights:

  • battery operated fairy lights
  • electric string lights
  • solar string lights

If you have a sunny balcony, we advise you to bet on the eco-responsible version that uses sunlight. It allows a very fast installation without cable. But if you have a northern exposure, for example, it will be better to choose battery-powered fairy lights or an electric one if you have an external socket outlet.

Is light important?

balcony fairy lights add a romantic touch to every decoration

The color of the light is perhaps the most important detail when choosing a lighting source. On one hand, if you want to create a real relaxing corner, you will need warm light. With its yellow color, it is generally more relaxing. On the other hand, white light is colder. It is stronger and brighter. That’s why we advise you to use it in case you have a spacious roof terrace or balcony. There is one more option – whatever the light, you can soften it by coloring the bulbs. To create this decoration, you need to get a special heat-resistant glass paint. Also be careful with halogen bulbs, which should never be touched. Otherwise, you risk them blowing up.

Which design to choose?

hygge style balcony with fairy lights

On the design side, the choice must be suitable for the style of your outdoor furniture. If you have a rather hygge style balcony, you should bet on balcony fairy lights made from natural materials such as paper. As for the colors, it will be better to choose a decoration in vanilla or another light shade. The colorful accent in this case is green plants.

contemporary or industrial style balcony

If your balcony is decorated in a contemporary or industrial style, black wire string lights will be ideal. Hanging in the air, they will complete the exterior decor during the day and once the sun goes down the wire will disappear emphasizing the bulbs. Thus, you will have a small private sky covered with stars.

DIY ideas with washi tape

Well, there is a huge variety of balcony string lights that it is impossible to describe all of them in one article, but here is one more option – bulbs tied with colored wire. This kinds of string lights can be hard to find, but the good news is that you can bet on DIY projects. So grab some exterior paint or some masking tape and turn your light decoration into a unique work of art.

How to hang balcony string lights?

How to hang balcony fairy lights

Of the traditional options, the first thing to do is to use regular transparent tape. It’s easy, it’s affordable, but you can only use it on smooth surfaces like the window for example. A similar but more aesthetic method is to hang your lights on small adhesive hooks.

elegant modern balcony ideas

You can also hang the decorative lighting using paper clips, small wire ties or wrap it around your furniture, your outdoor plants or another decorative element. Homemade driftwood can also be used to create a maritime or bohemian-chic style decoration.

Creative ideas for a unique balcony string lights

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Easy DIY idea with cupcake liners

easy diy outdoor decoration

Make flowers or pom poms from tissue paper to decorate the fairy lights

Make pom poms from tissue paper to decorate the fairy lights

Wrap artificial flowers around the fairy lights

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Fit the small fairy lights bulbs into themed plastic shapes

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Fit light bulbs into ping pong balls and decorate them with markers

fit lightbulbs into ping pong balls and decorate them

Bright decoration with paper stars

decoration with paper stars

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Create a cozy and serene atmosphere

Create a cozy and serene atmosphere on your balcony

Use different sized paper balls for maximum effect

Use different sized paper balls for maximum effect

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