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How to Make Egg Carton Lights

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: The American Eveready Company produced the first set of Christmas lights in 1903.

You Will Need

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

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