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Oak Barrel Creations Candle Holders

Posted by The UK Paper Lantern Candle Guy on June 10, 2015 at 1:50 AM

Pete Coates of oakbarrelcreations.co.uk uses our glass votive candles and repurposes old oak barrels to make the knave candle holders amonst other stunning items. Check out his website for more details. Or twitter @oakbarrelman

Should I choose cotton ball fairy lights or rattan cane balls

Posted by The UK Paper Lantern Candle Guy on August 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I'm often asked by customers which look best, the rattan wicker lights or the cotton ball ones and which colours would I recommend.

This is a difficult question to answer because everyone has their own idea of what they would like the set up to look like or maybe they don't and what I recommend might not be the end result they were hoping for. Maybe a bride is looking for something elegant and subtle for her wedding reception or someone is looking to decorate their home or garden for a 21st or maybe new parents would like to use our lights to decorate the nursery.

There are countless situations so the best I can do is offer some pointers that might help you choose and we have over 180 designs, colours and styles of fairy lights in stock so the choice can be bewildering.

Let's take the wedding reception scenario. What lights work best for that? Well the bride has normally decided if the will have all white or all ivory. This makes the choice of fairy lights and decorations nice and simple. We have the white or ivory cotton ball or rattan fairy lights with mains power plugs or battery powered led lights where accessing power is a challenge. Should you use cotton ball or rattan? The rattan balls work best if they are against something like a wall or a ceiling because they give off a lovely pattern but if you are suspending the lights in the open I would definitely use the cotton balls. They catch the light and spread it more evenly. 

Maybe the bride's colour theme is white and moss green for example. We've got that covered too with our two tone designs with many colour options of alternate white and a chosen colour or we can make the whole light string all one colour. Bear in mind also that you don't want to have to throw them away after your event so choose a colour scheme of fairy lighting that you can take home and use or pass on as a gift. Kids love them.

Parents decorating a nursery have an even wider choice if you consider all the butterfly, dragonfly, bumble bee, elephants, fish and stars and moons fairy lights we have in stock to name just some but as this article is about choosing rattan ball design or cotton ball lights we'll leave the novelty character lights aside for now.

Firstly I would go for soft pastel colours. I liken bright sharp colours in a baby nursery with going to the pub with your father on your 18th birthday for your first ever drink and downing 10 pints. I'm not an expert on baby development but I'm sure softer pastel shades is a better way to introduce a newborn to the world of colour. Rattan or cotton ball? With a newborn I would definitely go with the cotton balls as the bulbs are enclosed and the light diffused somewhat. With the rattan some bare bulbs will always be visible through the cane strands and although the lights are not bright or harmful to the eye I would just feel a little more comfortable not using rattan until the child is two years old or so when their eyes never seem to sit still for a second. The other choice is battery or mains powered. Depending on how much of a monkey your toddler is you may well be safer with our battery operated lights in which case you should use rechargable batteries or you'll spend a fortune on single use batteries.  

Kids rooms and kids parties are a very different consideration to a baby nursery. Active and excitable kids love the bright, garish and random colours so you can go nuts ordering the multi colour options or if your child has a favourite colours or his or her football or sports colours then choose accordingly. Use the rattan ball lights against walls or tables or any surface and marvel at the stunning paterns cast by the shadows. In open areas go for the cotton ball lights which give carnival party atmosphere. 

It really is down to personal taste and taking a few of the pointers above into consideration when choosing lights for your home or party or wedding but I hope this helps and if anyone has any question please contact me using the contact us page.


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