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Summer Lights Garland

I loved this idea and who would not love to receive this pretty gift.  With summer around the corner this would look amazing on a terrace on a warm summer's night when socialising with friends.  It is very simple to make and the materials are minimal.

What you need:

string of LED lights with white wire (regular lights may get too hot)
plastic drinking cups
patterned paper of your choice
double sided tape
craft knife

1. Cut apart one plastic cup and flatten it out.  Trace the flattened out cup onto a piece of paper to make your template.  Make as many shade cut outs as you will need to cover each bulb on your string of lights.

2. Using double sided tape, stick one end of the shade to a cup.  Add another piece of tape to the other end and then wrap the card around the cup ensuring that the ends meet neatly.  Repeat until all cups are covered.

3. Use a pencil to mark an X in the center on the bottom of the cups.  Then use a craft knife to cut carefully.  This is where the bulb will go through so do not make it too big or the cups will slip off.  Repeat for all cups.

Tutorial courtesy of HeyGorgeous

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written by cocoflower, July 19, 2012
Nice garland (and nice dress too smilies/smiley.gif)

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