How To Make Creative DIY Holiday "Lights"

With Thanksgiving and the subsequent shopping-mania of a weekend now out of the way, it's time to focus on what has to be my personal favorite holiday: Christmas. Although many stores have already had their Christmas decorations and displays on sale for several weeks now, for most people the time to start decorating is usually right around now. 

Homemade decorations add a touch of flair to the holidays and are also a great project for the whole family to work on. This adorable idea comes from Lisa Summerhays, whose blog Stubbornly Crafty is dedicated to fun, creative projects and ideas. 

Using some pretty simple materials, she made paper "Christmas lights" that add a cheery pop of color and are a great complement to other holiday decor.


To make your own, you'll need: cardstock paper in various colors of your choosing, gray cardstock, hole punch, yarn/twine, glue and a scoring blade.

Cut out strips of gray cardstock measuring 1 and 1/4 inches by 4 inches. Cut the colored cardstock in strips of 1 inch by 8 and 1/2 inches. Score the gray cardstock at every half-inch and punch a hole in every third section, then overlap the end sections and glue, as seen below.

For the bulbs, fold colored strips into half, creating a light crease. Pinch the two ends together towards your palm (see below) to create a diamond/Christmas light shape.


While still holding the ends together, punch a hole through both layers about a quarter of an inch down, making sure it's centered.

Now, string your yarn or twine through your gray base and your "light" as seen below.

Repeat this process with different colors until you have the desired length and arrangement. Voila!

Via: Sunny Skyz | Stubbornly Crafty

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