Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights

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Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful
Total Time 1 hour Ages tween

These pretty-as-a-princess string lights come complete with a little glam made possible by a feather boa. Change the fabric or scrapbook paper to fit any holiday or occasion, and you can even reuse these by simply changing out the colors! These are easier than you might think. The most time consuming part is cutting out the fabric or paper, which, depending on how many lights you have, could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. A quick and stunning way to light up a child's bedroom or add ambiance to a party. 

What you'll need

  • Set of white LED string lights
  • Small plastic cups
  • Fabric or scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear shipping tape
  • Piece of paper to make template
  • Feather boa
  • Hot glue gun
Helpful Tip:

This project requires adult supervision and participation. A hot glue gun and sharp craft knife are required and should be handled by a grown up.

Variations:

I chose to use fabric for this project. Fabric has a tendency to fray when you cut it, so if you use fabric be sure you are using good quality, sharp scissors. If you prefer to use scrapbook paper, use a light shade so that the light can shine through. Do not use card stock as it is too heavy for the light to penetrate. Tissue paper can also be used, but it difficult to work with because it is so delicate.

How to make it

  1. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    You will need to sacrifice one cup in order to create your template. Carefully cut from the brim of the cup to the bottom of the cup then cut through the bottom. Cut the bottom out of the cup leaving only the sides.

  2. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Lay the cup out flat onto a piece of paper and trace around it to create your template. Cut the template out and wrap it around a new cup to see if it fits. 

  3. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Use the template to cut your fabric or scrapbook paper. 

  4. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Tape your fabric cut-out to the cup. 

  5. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Wrap the fabric around the cup and tape it closed. Continue until all of your cups are covered.

  6. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Take your feather boa and measure a piece out to see how much you will need to wrap around the brim of the cup. Cut enough boa pieces for all the cups. Line the brim halfway with hot glue and place the feather boa into the glue. 

  7. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Continue gluing around the cup until brim is covered. 

  8. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Use a craft knife to carefully cut a cross into the bottom of the cup. 

  9. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    Insert the string light into the hole in the bottom of the cup. 

  10. Sweetheart Plastic Cup String Lights by Amanda Formaro for Spoonful

    The entire bulb and bulb housing will go inside the cup. Continue this process for all the lights. 

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