This is a fun craft that, when done can look like those Pier One light strands that cost a ridiculous amount! This craft can be a little tedious as you repeat steps over and over but the results are totally worth it.
You will need:
- Fabric (make sure it is washed and ironed, wrinkles will make it difficult)
- Plastic cups (I used the 8oz clear party cups)
- Glue gun
- Ribbon or twine (optional for the bottom)
- Colored paper (optional if you want to cover the fabric on top)
- Exacto knife
- You need to make a stencil of your cup. Leave extra room so some fabric can cover top
- Cut your fabric into workable squares for your stencil
- Trace your stencil onto the fabric (I recommend a white crayon or sewing marker)
- Cut out design
- Starting at one side of cup, glue the fabric around, keeping it tight so it is smooth
- Glue excess fabric on top of cup
- Cut a circle out of colored cardstock and glue on top
- Cut an ‘X’ with the excato knife on top (for lights to go through)
- Continue until you have the number needed to match the number of lights on your light strand
- Sometimes, depending on the cup you get you may have a frayed edge, or maybe your scissors are not very sharp so your edge is a little rough. NEVER FEAR!
- Use either ribbon or twine, and glue it around the bottom to cover it. You could even use cut-up feather boa for a fancy look.
- Cut up pieces of tissue paper and glue them onto the cups. You could use regular paper though it might be hard to get it smooth.
- Use multi-colored lights or a solid color strand. Your choice!
- You can decorate the cups really with anything. Explore!
*Note test out lights to make sure they do not get too hot. Remember do not leave lights unattended.