DIY Retro Inspired Outdoor String Lights

July 14th, 2014 | Learn How, Off the page, Scrapbooking

I cant’ tell you how many times I broke out in song while I was making these outdoor string lights…

Those patio lanterns, They were the stars in the sky…

I think I owe Kim Michell royalties. Colourful DIY Patio Lanterns- super easy to make

I wanted to create a cute set of patio lanterns for the kids playhouse  that would be colourful and fun, so when I got the chance to join in on the fun of a 3 way blog hop between May Arts, Xyron, and Simple Stories I jumped on the wagon!

You can easily turn a basic set of  outdoor string lights into cute patio lanterns in minutes!

You will need:

How to make DIY Patio Lanterns

How to make DIY patio lanterns

  1. Using the craft knife cut a small square in the bottom of each cup. I tried cutting an ‘x’ but when the lights push in, it breaks the cup.
  2. Using the included template (or Silhouette cut file) trace the template onto pattern paper and cut out. You can get approx 8 from a 12 x 12 piece of paper.
  3. Apply a few strips of Xyron High Tack Tape onto the cut out, remove the backing. Starting in the centre apply the paper to each cup.
  4. Weave the pom pom ribbon around the strand of string lights, and poke a cup onto every other light, and hang.

Cover small plastic cups with pattern paper to create cute patio lanterns.

I love how bright and fun this collection of pattern paper is!

Cover small plastic cups with pattern paper to create cute patio lanterns.

You could cover each cup with a different paper like I did, or use the same to match your decor.

Cover small plastic cups with pattern paper to create cute patio lanterns.

These jazzy outdoor string lights look great in the day or night.  I loooove the May Arts pom poms, it really gives these string lights the retro vibe I was going for.

Cover small plastic cups with pattern paper to create cute patio lanterns.

I would suggest only using your patio lanterns on a covered deck (the paper won’t withstand the elements). or take them inside for a cute addition to a party or playroom.

Aren’t they so fun?! Now here is some added fun for you!

3 lucky ladies have the chance to WIN  a prize pack of – a Good Day Sunshine Kit, a spool of May Arts Ribbon (winners choice), and a 2.5″ Xyron create a sticker (3 prizes will be awarded).

For a chance to WIN this great prize pack leave a comment below, and on the May Arts Ribbon, Xyron, or Simple Stories blog!

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Valerie Gee

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