Over the last couple of weeks we’ve reviewed three Christmas lighting ideas for inside the home. They’re fun for children as well as adults and as natural or eco-friendly as possible, including decorations for window and Christmas tree. See bottom for end of season purchasing details.
Wooden Christmas House
These indoor wooden houses are a pretty and cost-effective way of creating Christmas ambience. Caroline loves the snowy Christmas figures outside the houses.
They have a traditional, European feel and are made from natural wood. These are battery operated and though the write-up states they come with a transformer and cable ours didn’t – I can’t imagine it would be included at just £7.99 from GardenSite.
It looks gorgeous in the house or on a windowsill where its clever design allows light to shine through on all sides, feeling festive from outside as well as in.
- Use rechargeable batteries for even greater eco-friendly credentials
- Wooden construction
- LED bulbs
Size: 14cm (6ins) x 12cm (5ins) x 12cm (5ins)
Wooden Christmas Forest Silhouette Scene
The forest silhouette light is a different take on the traditional bridge candelabra seen in many Christmas windows. We absolutely love it on our kitchen windowsill, creating a warm glow inside the room and a festive atmosphere from outside. It looks good in daylight too, with log cabin, mini figures and a snowman to entertain little ones!
With natural wood construction and cheap to run LED lights, this is a real hit in our house. It’s £35.99 from GardenSite where there are other wooden scenes available including a church and market.
I also like that it has an extra long electricity cable giving good flexibility to position in any window.
- Wooden construction
- Energy efficient LED bulbs
Size: 30cm (11¾ins) x 43cm (1ft 5ins), cord length: 500cm (16ft 5ins), weight: 0.83kg (1lb 13oz)
Candle Fairy Lights
This string of 16 clip-on fairy light candles with gently flickering flames adds a real Victorian spirit to the Christmas tree. They’re not hugely bright nor too flashy, adding mood rather than lighting.
Unfortunately ours arrived after we’d decorated our tree this year so I clipped a couple onto a branch afterwards for photographic purposes! They are very effective in conjunction with our usual lights.
The candles are quite large and possibly a little heavy for smaller trees but they make an evocative addition if you love an old-fashioned Christmas, attaching easily with sturdy camouflaged clips.
The flickering flames are a nice touch although not one I’m mad on, being someone who doesn’t like flashing Christmas lights! However I think I could cope with these – I’ll let you know next year! £33.99 per set.
They’re not LED bulbs but GardenSite do sell an LED set which was sold out.
Size: total length: 825cm (27ft), distance to first bulb: 150cm (5ft), distance between bulbs: 45cm (1ft 6ins), weight: 0.9kg
Get the Gear
Many thanks to GardenSite for these lovely items to review, click here to check out end of season bargains on their website.
We’re hoping to work with them again on some kids gardening projects and possibly a wildlife pond – watch this space!
For more honest reports on gear for kids check out Kids of the Wild’s review pages.
Wild wishes for a merry Christmas!
NB Kids of the Wild received a wooden house, wooden forest silhouette light and a set of candle fairy lights for the purposes of review. All views and observations are my own.