How to Make Egg Carton Lights

Turn your home or patio into an incandescent flower garden with plain holiday lights and egg cartons.


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You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Three to four cardboard egg cartons
  • A string of holiday lights
  • Watercolor paint (optional)
  • A pin (optional)
  • Milk


  1. Step 1

    Cut out the cups

    Cut out and discard the row of cups that hold the eggs and save the middle strip of cones that separate the rows of eggs.

  2. Step 2

    Separate into individuals

    Cut the strip into individual cones. There will be five cones per carton of a dozen eggs.

  3. Use watercolors to paint the cardboard cones different colors and let dry.

  4. Step 3

    Make slits

    Make four equally spaced, inch-long slits at the wide end of each cone to form petals.

  5. Use a pin to poke holes into the petals in decorative patterns to allow the light to shine through.

  6. Step 4

    Make a hole

    Make a small hole with the scissors into the narrow end of the cup to make a space to thread the light through.

  7. Step 5

    Place on lights

    Place one light bulb into each cup – LED bulbs are best – and repeat for a glowing floral, fairy garden.

  8. The American Eveready Company produced the first set of Christmas lights in 1903.