Turn your home or patio into an incandescent flower garden with plain holiday lights and egg cartons.
You will need
- Three to four cardboard egg cartons
- A string of holiday lights
- Watercolor paint (optional)
- A pin (optional)
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.
Step 2 Separate into individuals Cut the strip into individual cones. There will be five cones per carton of a dozen eggs.
Use watercolors to paint the cardboard cones different colors and let dry.
Step 3 Make slits Make four equally spaced, inch-long slits at the wide end of each cone to form petals.
Use a pin to poke holes into the petals in decorative patterns to allow the light to shine through.
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.
Step 5 Place on lights Place one light bulb into each cup – LED bulbs are best – and repeat for a glowing floral, fairy garden.
The American Eveready Company produced the first set of Christmas lights in 1903.