Instagrammer shares how she gave her garden a Glastonbury-themed DIY makeover
Pandora Maxton was devastated when she couldn’t get to any of her favourite music festivals last summer.
So when Glastonbury announced the show would go on this year — albeit virtually and streamed live from the Pyramid Stage — she was determined not to miss out again.
Stylist and mum-of-three Pandora gave her garden a magical boho makeover so she could enjoy the full festival experience with her family.
She transformed her six-acre garden on the outskirts of York to create a fairy-lit chill-out zone, boho bell-tent, festival fire-pit, VIP trailer and al fresco dining.
She even knocked up a makeshift ‘stage’ to watch the show using a projector and giant screen.
Pandora, who has 115,000 Instagram followers, says: ‘There was no way I was going to miss out on another year, so I brought the biggest and the best to our own garden.
‘All we need now is sunshine.’
Ahead, Pandora shares her tips for creating your very own festival-esque outdoor space.
Create a chill-out zone
I love the challenge of creating things from nothing and this pallet swing was put together from bits I had in the shed.
It’s inexpensive, resourceful and looks cool. It’s made from a couple of old wooden pallets and hung with rope from a blossom tree in a quiet spot at the bottom of the garden.
Perfect for a shady siesta or to chill out with a cool beer and watch the sunset, it’s also big enough to lie down and stare up at the stars late at night.
Make a light show
The most effective way to create a magical festival vibe is lighting. I have fairy lights, lanterns and candles hanging in trees, draped over the tent, dotted on the table and even on the ground — you really can’t have too many. The perfect festival lights are festoons.
Sparkle Lighting and Garden Trading have great selections, both solar and electric, as well as lanterns and starbursts.
A great tip is to spray cheap white paper lanterns with a clear gloss varnish and pin over every other festoon light — so easy and very effective.
See it on stage and big screen
If you want to push the boat out, enjoying all your favourite bands on the big screen really makes for that festival vibe. There’s a vast range of projectors on the market — check out Amazon.
We have the Anka Nebula which at £549 is not cheap but the quality is amazing and you can use it like a smart TV, with Netflix etc.
Our screen was £25 from Amazon and we clip it to the goalpost. But a thick white bed sheet could also serve as a screen.
Set up a food station
We set up our dining table under a lovely blossom tree, decked out the branches with lights and it looks like a magical secret garden.
You wouldn’t use plastic cutlery and glasses inside, so why do that outside? It’s called glamping for a reason! Use your lovely glasses, plates, cutlery and napkins and the cash you’d have spent on plastic partyware — which ends up in landfill — can go on food and drink.
Dress the table with old jam jars, some filled with wild flowers, others with tealights. A picnic basket with a washing-up bowl inside filled with ice makes a great beer/wine cooler.
Fire pit hotspot
This is vital for any successful festival, to create a great atmosphere and keep everybody warm when the nights turn chilly.
Home Essentials has very reasonable chimineas. Also check out cuckooland.com and VonHaus. If you don’t want to splash the cash, an old metal wheelbarrow makes a great fire pit — and it’s a great way to salvage something that might be scrapped.
Camp out in style
For the ultimate festival experience you need to camp out, writes Pandora, top right. We have a bell tent (from belltent.com) which is a good size for our family and sturdy enough to leave up all summer. But you could use any tent.
To make your festival tent look super-cool, add string lights inside. I got mine from Cable & Cotton as they have a vast choice of colour combos, which look amazing from inside and out.
We have a camp bed — but beanbags or lots of duvets, cushions and blankets work, too. Bunting is always great to add to any outside area, especially tents. I used a small independent company called Happy Bunting.
Settle down in your VIP trailer
Too posh to pitch? I glamped-up our garden with a 1980s caravan. It cost £1,500 and I ripped out the old seating and carpets and painted all the yucky interiors white.
I added denim upholstery, wooden floorboards and new curtains. It’s a real home from home with fine china and goose down bedding.
I made an array of gorgeous gingham cushions and added a red polka-dot kettle, which really looks the part.
Check out Pandora’s Instagram for more @pandora.maxton.
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