February 19, 2014

DIY Candy Wrapper Lights

DIY Candy Wrapper Lights via www.whatmandyloves.com
My parents have always has a unique set of Christmas lights up in the dining room all year round.  They didn't look like Christmas lights. though - they were multi-colored candy lights my crafty grandmother made from string lights.  We hung them up for the holidays, sleepovers, birthday parties, etc, but when we moved from Wyoming to Nevada in 2002 we just left them up year-round.

Only recently did two of the three sets die after being left on all night.  I stole the one of the three still-working sets back when I moved out, and my mother is a bit jealous I can still turn mine on.

They're pretty easy to make, too!  Here's how you can turn any boring pair of string lights or Christmas lights into some sweat candies.

To replicate this project, you will need:
  • LED string lights or Christmas lights in white or cream
  • circular plastic fruit cups, one for each light
  • clear plastic sheets in any or multiple colors
  • pipe cleaners or string
  • clear tape
  • scissors


1) Using a cleaned-out fruit cup container, mark a spot centered from the top and bottom parallel on two sides of the cup.  Cut a slit from the top lip to the center of each side marked, creating a gap that should be a bit wider than the string light's wires.

2) Slide the wire with the light centered inside the cup down the gap you cut out.  NOTE: Make sure the bulb of the light is not touching the sides or is too close to the top/bottom edges of the cup.  If the bulb is too high from the center lip of the cup or the edge is not wide enough, cut it down a bit more.

2) Cut out a rectangle of the clear plastic sheets big enough to wrap around the fruit cup and add a bit extra to each side for scrunching.

3) Tape the clear plastic sheet around a fruit cup and tie the extra ends together with pipe cleaners or string to form a wrapped candy shape.  Cut of excess plastic sheeting to shape the candy to your liking.

4) Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each light on the string lights.

What Mandy Loves: Image of candy lights hung up in my bedroom via www.whatmandyloves.com
The lights are hung up above my closets.  I rarely have them on because they're older than I am - but they still work!

Do you have any string lights hung up in your room?  Have you repurposed Christmas lights into a year-round-friendly style?  Let me know in the comments!

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