Let It Glow

6 Mar

Let there be light! It’s going to be all about lighting here at Le Chic Elefant! To me it’s one of the most important elements to any party. There is nothing that sets the mood more than proper lighting. These DIY lanterns from Martha Stewart are a great and inexpensive way to create a romantic mood. I think I will use these for a summer BBQ.

Tools and Materials and instructions courteousĀ of Martha Stewart
Strings of full-size Christmas lights with clear bulbs (remove every other bulb)
Light-colored paper bags about 7 inches wide (for each lantern, you’ll need two the same size)
A utility knife
A ruler
2-inch round self-stick labels
2-inch-wide single-face satin ribbon (one 48-inch length for each lantern)

Paper Lanterns How-To
1. Trim the tops of each bag to make straight edges. For the top of each lantern, stick a label on the inside bottom center of one bag to reinforce. Reaching inside the bag with a utility knife, cut two 1 1/2-inch slits, making an X on the label.

2. To attach bags to lights, first remove a bulb, and slide the socket through the X, and then screw the bulb back in.

3. For the lantern bottom, slide a second bag up over the first one.

4. Lay the center of the ribbon on top of the wire at the socket; wrap ribbon snugly down sides of bags. Knot at bottom and let ends hang.

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