Thursday, April 19, 2012

DIY Paper Lantern Garland

So here is my first blog of a craft idea. YAY! I hope anyone that happens along likes what you see and happy crafting :)

You will need:
Dixie cups - I used plastic white ones but I think paper would be fine.
Scrapbook or other decorative paper
Hot glue gun
Christmas lights

Step 1: Cut out the paper sot hat it will fit snug around the cup. You can get a template by wrapping a piece or plain lined paper around your cup and cutting that to fit ( don't use youe nice paper to figure out how it needs to be cut, you might have to shave a little off and try a couple times but you'll get it :) Trace your shape onto your paper and cut out.

If you have some paper that is solid collor you can dress it up using shaped hole punches.

Step 2: Using your glue gun make a thin line (your cups can melt!) to adhere the paper and wrap the paper around the cup. add onother line of glue to secure the paper and viola!!

Step 3: You will probably have a little extra paper at the top so just trim that off for a more neat end product.

Step 4: With a razor or xacto knife cut an 'X' into the bottom of your cup

It should look like this ---

Step 5: Press the little Christmas lights through the X you made until it doesn't slide off easily.

The paper with the hole punched shaped looks really stunning with the lights on :)

Hang somewhere you'll enjoy it and admire all your hard work!

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