MAKE IT / 17
i’ve had string lights in almost every place i’ve ever lived in. whether they were on my porch in my first LA apartment, in my dorm room, in my “chill room” i had when i was going through a slightly hippie phase, and we even had them lining the ceiling in our loft. they just make me feel happy and calm. (right?!) so today, natalie did a little spin on the classic hanging lights and added some accessories. these would be perfect for a party you are throwing or just to decorate your room with (see mine above my bed down below!) send us pics if you make them, will ya? happy crafting! -bri
what you’ll need:
- string of lights, we used large sized lights with frosted glass bulbs (ours are from target!)
– roll of thin tooling aluminum (available and craft and hobby stores)
– large sequins, metallic circles and beads in a variety of colors and shapes
– 10 yds of strung silver sequin trim (from the fabric store)
– thick thread in a color to match the wiring of your lights
how to make it:
• (see above) string sequins, pallettes and beads onto thread in a random fashion and (see below) wrap around the wire on lights. we did ours in 4ft lengths at a time to keep everything from getting all tangled up.
• wrap the silver sequin trim around the cord for extra glitter and sparkle and to cover the thread a bit. this will also help keep your sequins and beads in place.
• (below) to make reflectors, create a 4.5 circular pattern out of cover weight paper. fold in half and then fold in half again. snip about 3/8 of an inch from the point in a straight line so that when you open it back up you’ve created a hexagon.
• mark the fold lines with a pencil.
• trace your pattern onto the aluminum using a pencil with a slightly dull point. this will create more of an indent than a drawn line. take care to mark the edges of the fold line to help guide you when you cut the circles out.
• cut circles out. now cut where the folded lines are, stopping 1/2 inch short of the center. next cut a line in between each of the lines you’ve already cut.
• snip the interior in the same fashion along your folded mark, again taking care to stop short of the center so that your piece stays intact. you can poke a hole in the center with a needle to help you get scissors through the aluminum for the initial cut.
• bend back the aluminum on the inside and slightly curl the ends for added sparkle.
• unscrew bulb and feed through the center and re insert into socket, taking care to be sure the reflector is resting on the bulb and not touching the metal end of the bulb. this will be easy to tell as the bulb should easily screw back into socket without any interference from the aluminum.
mood lighting solved.
*** to store hanging lights, bend the reflectors around the light bulb carefully and wrap with a little tissue paper. as with all string of lights with large bulbs store with care.