Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday Light Covers

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Christmas lights don't just have to be for Christmas. With homemade light covers, they can be adapted to any special occasion.

We used the little plastic cups that inexpensive individual serving sizes of ice cream come in.

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When the ice cream had been eaten and the cups were washed and dried, we spray painted them with spray paint that was meant to be used on plastic.

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We sprayed the cups, so that they were coated both inside and out.

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Once the base coat of plastic paint was dry, it was safe to add other paints, without worry that the other paints would chip or peel off.

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We were going for an "elegant industrial" look to go with Blaze's steampunk party theme, so we painted the cups with a black base coat, and then added details with gold Rub-n-Buff (a rub-on wax based paint) and gold, puffy fabric paint.

The final step was to cut an X in the bottom of each cup, using a sharp x-acto knife and then stick a bulb from a string of holiday lights through the X. The X shape allows the bulb to pass through when pushed, but holds it in place when it is not being pulled on.

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3 comments:

Tammy said...

Very creative!

Sandra said...

They had erasers at the store, I just didn't buy any 'cause I have a couple of those artist erasers from the drawing section of Michael's. But I think that Jasmine has run off with them. Ah well, I am cleaning out the school supplies right now, so maybe I'll find them.

Aunt Peaches said...

Love this project! Going to try out this Xmas. Thanks for the idea!

Crafty Crow