As I sat in my living room this weekend looking around at the boxes of lights, ornaments, and other holiday decor that I should be packing, I suddenly thought of a great way to distract myself from what I SHOULD be doing. I saw a box of white string lights that never made it into the front window this year and started to ponder the crafty possibilities. A few cone-shaped coffee filters and a raid on my daughters art supplies and I had beautiful water-colored, paper flower string lights. Of course if I had more time and patience the possibilities for making amazing flowers are endless.
Here’s how you do it:
String of leftover Christmas Lights – C7 (large bulbs), Clear and any length you wish
Size 4 Cone Coffee Filters (white)
Foam craft/paint brush – optional
Poster Paints – I used my daughter’s “washable” craft paints – Any colors you wish
Glass with enough water to dilute paint
small cup or ramekin – for drying
Clear tape (which I also had leftover in volume from gift wrapping)
Stack up a few coffee filters and cut a scalloped edge for the petals. You can also cut the petals in different shape this is just what I happened to choose.
Dilute paint into your cup of water and mix well. Again, this can be as much as you want depending on how strong you like the color. Dip you filter flower into the paint and let the color cover the entire filter. You can use a foam craft brush for this part too.
Shake the excess paint/water off onto a plate and open the filter up carefully to dry. I placed my flowers on tiny plastic cups but you can also use ramekins. Now, depending on how patient you are there are options for drying your flowers. Personally I am incredibly impatient so I put my filter flower in the microwave for 30 seconds to dry. I can’t attest to how safe this is so – use the microwave method at your own risk but it did dry them instantly.
Once you have your completely dry flower, flatten it back out and cut a slit in the bottom about 1.5 inches or big enough to fit onto the base of the light.
Unscrew the bulb from the base before fastening your flower onto it and secure the flower with scotch tape. You can also tie it with ribbon, lace or something else to make it beautiful. Be careful that the flower is secured to the base and not touching the bulb.
There you have it . . . beautiful repurposed holiday lights with enough time to make them for your springtime wedding! Enjoy.
Lighting design can be such a fun element in the overall look and feel of your event and there are so many options now available to brides and grooms. Traditional chandeliers are always beautiful and impressive but how about exploring some equally impressive alternatives? We gathered up some ideas below to help to inspire you to think beyond the chandelier – some DIY, some modern and playful, there is something for everyone . . .
With so many opportunities to have a spectacular wine country wedding in Santa Barbara I was recently pondering some new possibilities for using recycled wine corks for wedding decor, with some local wedding peeps. Of course there is always the trusty DIY place card holder or Table Number holder that we have seen many times – nevertheless a great idea – but there had to be more out there!
After some exploring on Etsy Tracy from Lazaro Press & Design dug up these little gems which are available for purchase, but would also be a great project for some resourceful DIY Bride or Groom. Each cork has a tiny magnet on one side and holds a living succulent. What a wonderful, eco-chic favor for your wine country wedding. Thanks Tracy!
Also on Etsy, I found these great oversize monograms crafted from recycled corks – adorable
Delving into the “next-level” recycled-cork inspiration, brings us this gorgeous lighting fixture – a seriously more advanced project, but imagine the beautiful golden glow of light through all those corks!