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Giant Rose Lights

Extract from Everything Alice • By Hannah Read-Baldry and Christine Leech • Published by Quadrille


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Make some Alice & Wonderland rose lights for your garden.
Win first prize this year for the best roses with this spectacular display of easy-to-make lights. If you cannot get hold of strings of large bulbs, you can easily make smaller roses for fairy lights.

Warning: To avoid any fire risk, use only outdoor LED lights with these light shades. As they are made from card, these rose lights are suitable for outdoor use only in good weather but can be used indoors.

EVERYTHING ALICE by HANNAH READ-BALDREY and CHRISTINE LEECH, published by Quadrille (£14.99, paperback). Cover illustration by HANNAH-READ BALDREY. Photos ©TIFFANY MUMFORD

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© 2023 Hannah Read-Baldry / Quadrille · Reproduced with permission.
  • How to make fairy lights. Giant Rose Lights - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a 42cm diameter disc from each sheet of card. Find the centre point. With paper scissors, cut a rough spiral shape starting at the outer edge and working into the middle. Keep the lines of the spiral between 10cm and 14cm apart, but it is fine to have a slight wave to the edges.

  • How to make fairy lights. Giant Rose Lights - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a small hole in the very centre of the spiral. Feed your light bulb through this central hole in the card spiral. With the first section of the card spiral, form a cone around the bulb and staple to secure, avoiding all wires.

  • How to make fairy lights. Giant Rose Lights - Step 3
    Step 3

    Continue spiralling the card around the bulb. Staple the shade at further points to secure, twisting and tightening as you go.

  • How to make fairy lights. Giant Rose Lights - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat for each rose, alternating between red and white card. For greater impact, make more than one string of lights.

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