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.
- A string of white LED lights (24 lights or more)
- Colored tissue paper
- Clear tape
- Wire wastepaper basket
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
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Cut or tear the tissue paper into approximately 9" x 11" (230 mm x 280 mm) pieces.
Loosely crumple each rectangle around an LED light.
Embed small loops of tape in the crumpled balls to prevent them from springing open.
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.)
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.)
This project is excerpted with permission from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761171479/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0761171479&linkCode=as2&tag=craftfocom-20">"Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff"</a> by Scott Bedford and published by Workman.