Garden decoration: sit back and enjoy these magical hanging lights
- Cost< 50 £
- Duration1-3 h
Anyone can light a few candles – that’s easy. But not many people know how to hang them from up high. Your new hanging lights will become the main attraction at every party, and make even quiet summer evenings with your loved ones more enchanting. And the best thing is, they take no more than two hours to make – so you can light the candles and revel in the atmosphere almost straight away.
Let's go - step by step
Drill holes for the rope
To admire your hanging lights night after night, watching them swaying gently in the summer evening breeze, there are just six simple steps to follow. First, you need to drill holes in all four corners of the plank. Attach the wood drill bit to your cordless combi drill and position it around 2 cm from the edge of the first corner. Then apply pressure to drill the hole. The holes should be the same size as the rope you’re going to use – so make sure you choose a drill bit with the right diameter.
Mark where your lights will be positioned
You need: ruler, pencil
To make sure your hanging lights are equal distance apart and prevent the plank from tilting at one end, divide the plank into four even parts. So, if your plank is 48 cm long, each square would be 12 cm long. Once you’ve marked the squares, you need to calculate where you will drill the holes for your tealights. Think back to your geometry lessons at school: simply draw two diagonal lines in each square, from corner to corner. The point where the lines meet is the centre and is where you will saw the hole.
Drill the holes for the glass holders
Secure the plank firmly to your work surface with the screw clamps; you’ll need both hands to hold the impact drill. Position the drill on the first centre point you marked up and, holding the drill upright, apply light pressure to start drilling. The hole saw should be around 1 cm smaller than the upper rim of the tealight holders you’re using. Make sure that your impact drill can be used with this size hole saw.
Sand down the edges
Now sand down the edges you've just sawn by moving the multi-sander evenly over the surface, in one direction, without applying pressure. Afterwards, clean up the saw dust with a dustpan and brush or a lightly dampened microfibre cloth.
Decide on the height of your hanging decoration
You need: ruler, scissors, rope
Not long to go now! Cut the rope that the plank of wood will hang from. The length is up to you and depends on how low you want the tealights to hang. Find a suitable place to hang them – and try out a few options to see which one looks the best. Perhaps from the ceiling? Or maybe a tree branch? The decision is yours. Once you've cut four pieces of rope of equal length (one for each corner), tie a knot in the end of each one and thread them through the holes.
The finishing touch
You need: tealights, glass holders
Tie together the top ends of the four pieces of rope and insert the tealight holders into the holes. Then simply hang up your decoration, light the candles and enjoy.
You’ll need: ceiling hook, drill and drill bit (based on type of ceiling), anchor
Want to hang your decoration from the ceiling? No problem! The best way is with a ceiling hook. Mark the spot you’d like to hang it from with a pencil. You can find out which type of drill and drill bit are suitable for your ceiling here. Once you know that, you can start drilling. For a step-by-step guide on how to drill holes in walls, click here. It’s exactly the same process for ceilings. Simply insert the anchor, screw the hook tightly and suspend your lights from it.