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Because I'm not allowed candles in my room...
Fairy lights are pretty and they make me feel really calm. My best friend has some lights like these in her room - I looked them up and they're pretty expensive (I can kind of see why though, lol) so I thought I'd have a go at making them myself.

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  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 1
    Step 1

    Put leaves in a pan and cover with water. If making lots of skeletons, boil about 100 at a time. Add the half cup of Persil and stir. Turn the heat on and bring to a boil, then reduce heat so it simmers. Leave simmering for around 2 hours, stirring occasionally - check that the leaves are soft, but not TOO soft or they will just disintegrate.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 2
    Step 2

    When they've finished boiling they'll look like this - ugly and very smelly. Move them from the pan and into a tub of cold water.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 3
    Step 3

    The leaves should be very soft - if you pick one up and rub it, the outer 'skin' layer should split and you'll be able to see the skeleton inside (wow this sounds morbid!)

    Now take another tub; put the leaf in and fill it with just enough water to cover it. Take the paintbrush and start gently peeling away the skin from the skeleton, discarding the bits of skin as you go. Be careful not to rip the skeleton, but it's not the end of the world if you do.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 4
    Step 4

    This is what the leaf looks like after the 'skin' has been peeled away; some bits of pulp will remain. Just poke those gently with the paintbrush and they'll dislodge and float away. Think of yourself as some kind of leaf archaeologist. :)

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lay the leaf flat on a kitchen towel and poke it with the paintbrush some more, to drain all the excess water.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 6
    Step 6

    Hooray, now you have a skeleton leaf!

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 7
    Step 7

    Start building a collection. Leave them to dry for about an hour.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 8
    Step 8

    Receive your fairy lights in the mail and proceed to decorate your room with them immediately. Then take them down as you realise they're not pretty enough yet.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 9
    Step 9

    The lights I used were LED lights off eBay, they cost about £8 for 10 metres, which is not bad. They get a little hot, but I'm hoping it's not a cause for concern.

    Wrap a piece of double-sided tape around the light. Don't touch the tape with your fingers though, or it'll lose all it's stickiness.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 10
    Step 10

    Wrap a leaf around the light.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 11
    Step 11

    Keep wrapping leaves until it looks like this.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 12
    Step 12

    Tie a ribbon around the light for pretties and security (but mainly pretties).

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 13
    Step 13

    Voila! Now continue until your lights are done.

  • How to make fairy lights. Skeleton Leaf Fairy Lights - Step 14
    Step 14

    Plug in and enjoy :)

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jane.louis.353
jane.louis.353 · Cannock, England, GB
Fantastic, really must try this, Thank you xx
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Ninni Ninímél Nalíná ♦ ♏ ♦
Ninni Ninímél Nalíná ♦ ♏ ♦ · Sandefjord, Vestfold, NO · 50 projects
Waaah , super cute! ^^ what kind of leaves did u use??
noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
Thank you Happy The only leaves that worked for me were ivy leaves. Which was alright for me, because they're *everywhere*. Happy I've heard maple leaves also work well. Just make sure the leaves aren't too thin, or too thick for that matter - some leaves I had were boiling for ages and still just wouldn't split.
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Kerikins
Kerikins
Sweet and magical...<3
noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
Aww thanks! :3
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CO + K User

wow, ive been wondering how to get just the scelliton out for a few projects thanks
noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
No problem Happy
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Karen B.
Karen B. · Chino Hills, California, US · 5 projects
Wow--beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing...I'm inspired! Happy
noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
Thank you and you're welcome! Happy
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anjali.bedi2
anjali.bedi2 · Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, IN
m shocked,hw can u b so creative even wid waste materials
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anjali.bedi2
anjali.bedi2 · Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, IN
m shocked,hw can u b so creative even wid waste materials
noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
O: leaves aren't waste materials! they're used a lot for decoration.
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Xandra
Xandra · 9 projects
Aw, thank you Happy How did you come up with the skeleton leaf idea? It is genius!
noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
A friend of mine had lights like these up in her room, but her leaves were synthetic. Did a bit of searching around on the net and adapted various old tuts to see what worked for me Happy
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noche-estrellada
noche-estrellada · 4 projects
No problem Alex! What a lovely blog you have Happy
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Xandra
Xandra · 9 projects
Hi! I hope you don't mind, but I put a link to this tutorial in my new blog http://iwillusethat.blogspot.co.uk/ .

If you do mind, please let me know. Love the tutorial Happy
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