Making Lights from Tissue Paper

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Packing away Christmas lights is always a chore, so why not just put them in the trash? Only instead of sending them to a landfill, you’ll make this cool wastepaper basket light! It’s a piece of cake to make, and when Christmastime comes again, you won’t have to rummage in the attic for the lights, you can just rummage through the trash.
- Scissors
- A string of white LED lights (24 lights or more)
- Colored tissue paper
- Ruler
- Clear tape
- Wire wastepaper basket
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Also see:

Tin Can Tiki Lamps

Paper Lantern String Lights

DIY Recycled Tin Can Flower Pots
Making Lights out of things you'd never expect!

Source: ,Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: Scott Be...

Step 1

Cut or tear the tissue paper into approximately 9" x 11" (230 mm x 280 mm) pieces.

Step 2

Loosely crumple each rectangle around an LED light.

Step 3

Embed small loops of tape in the crumpled balls to prevent them from springing open.

Step 4

Lower the LED string into the wire basket, zigzagging the wire. (Note: For shorter strings, pile them only on one side of the basket. Fill the space behind the crumpled tissue paper.)

Step 5

Secure the wire to the edge of the basket with hot glue. Switch the lights on and marvel at your trashy lights! (Note: Always switch off all lights when you leave a room.)

Step 6

This project is excerpted with permission from "Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff" by Scott Bedford and published by Workman.

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