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Summer Lights Garland

I loved this idea and who would not love to receive this pretty gift.  With summer around the corner this would look amazing on a terrace on a warm summer's night when socialising with friends.  It is very simple to make and the materials are minimal.

What you need:

string of LED lights with white wire (regular lights may get too hot)
plastic drinking cups
patterned paper of your choice
double sided tape
craft knife

1. Cut apart one plastic cup and flatten it out.  Trace the flattened out cup onto a piece of paper to make your template.  Make as many shade cut outs as you will need to cover each bulb on your string of lights.

2. Using double sided tape, stick one end of the shade to a cup.  Add another piece of tape to the other end and then wrap the card around the cup ensuring that the ends meet neatly.  Repeat until all cups are covered.

3. Use a pencil to mark an X in the center on the bottom of the cups.  Then use a craft knife to cut carefully.  This is where the bulb will go through so do not make it too big or the cups will slip off.  Repeat for all cups.

Tutorial courtesy of HeyGorgeous

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Gift Ideas for Poor Creative Souls (11)

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So you know the hole punch you used for the last idea?  The paint swatch chandelier? Well, you can use the same paper punch for this little project.  This is really going to add some pazazz to your gifts.  Watch their faces light up when you give them this.

All you need is:

large circle paper hole punch
small hole punch
colorful paper or card, even glossy magazines could be used
wrapped gift

1. Punch your circles from any colorful paper or card you have.

2. Punch a small hole in the center of each circle.

3. Thread your ribbon through this small hole.

4. Continue with as many circles as you would like to add, 3 or 4 looks nice.

5. Scrunch them together so they sit side by side.

6. Attach to your gift.

How simple is that?

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I just loved this Paint swatch chandelier!  What a wonderful idea and those paint swatches you can pick up for free.  You can use an old lampshade and use the frame or pick up an old one from the thrift store.  You can also purchase them new in art and crafts shops but recycling makes this project more fun.

These are the materials you'll need:

- paint swatches in the same tones or you can use multi-colored if you prefer
- wire frame from old lampshade (this will hang upside down)
- large circular hole puncher
- cellotape
- cotton thread
- scissors

Start punching your circles from your paint swatches.  You'll need quite a few depending on the length you want your chandelier to be.  This project will take between 40-60 swatches.

Lay out your paint medallions, coloured side down, in the desired order. Tape down a long piece of coloured thread along the middle of the backs of each medallion. Then using a piece of tape, cut down the center width wise, tape together the edges where one medallion meets the next. Without this final piece of tape, the medallions with rotate on their piece of thread, thus showing the bar codes, text and colour names usually located on the backs of the paint swatches. If that doesn’t bother you then this step isn’t necessary! Repeat this step until all of your chandelier strands are strung and taped together.

Turn your lamp shade upside down and fasten it somewhere where it can hang freely. Start stringing on your strands along the perimeter of the bottom of the chandelier until the entire metal base is covered. Then start stringing strands along the widest ‘top’ of your chandelier so that the lowest part of your strand hits the mid point of the bottom layer. Continue this all the way around until the entire chandelier is covered. Add a ribbon to the metal pieces and you're ready to hang it!

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