Fabric Lights

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
  • Lights


  1. You need to make a stencil of your cup.  Leave extra room so some fabric can cover top
  2.  Cut your fabric into workable squares for your stencil
  3. Trace your stencil onto the fabric (I recommend a white crayon or sewing marker)
  4. Cut out design
  5. Starting at one side of cup, glue the fabric around, keeping it tight so it is smooth
  6. Glue excess fabric on top of cup
  7. Cut a circle out of colored cardstock and glue on top
  8. Cut an ‘X’ with the excato knife on top (for lights to go through)
  9. 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.

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