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Small tree with trunk wrapped in glowing fairy lights outside a house

Overview

Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. They're also great for adding atmosphere to your outdoor space and look wonderful when you're entertaining on those warm summer nights.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Pick your lights

We've got a huge selection of outdoor solar fairy lights and bollard lights – especially around the festive season. Head in-store to take a look at their extensive selection and pick out the look you desire. We're using bollard lights to illuminate our pathways, and a string of LED fairy lights entwined in a tree for a delightful, decorative focal point.

Person switching on a bollard garden solar light

2Set up your bollard lights

Setting bollard lights up is easy. Firstly, pull out the bottom section and turn it around so the spiked part is facing down. Next, flip open the top of the light and turn on the 'on' switch. Then decide where you'd like your lights to go. The spiked part makes them really easy to stake into the ground and they're portable too, meaning you can take them with you when you move – especially handy if you're renting.

Person pushing a bollard solar garden light into grass beside a path

3Set up your solar fairy lights

Fairy lights are a really easy way to make your backyard sparkle. There are lots of ways to use them – string them up under awnings, thread them through hedges, hang them down the walls of your house or do as we're doing, entwine them up the trunk of a tree. They're simple to install too – just stake the solar panel into a patch of sunny ground, then bury the lead under some soil or bark (if you can) so it looks nice and neat. Unravel your lights and hang as you like.

Woman kneeling beside a small tree with trunk wrapped in fairy lights

4Charge them up and let them shine

The best part about these lights is that they only take a few hours to fully charge up – meaning by the time night falls, you'll already have your desired effect. As long as the solar panel is in direct sunlight you're good to go.

Small tree with trunk wrapped in glowing fairy lights

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.