Another $2, easy-as-pie DIY.
One of the kids recently asked for a set of the red party cup light strings at Target. I wasn’t too keen on the $19.99 price tag or the visions in my head of grade-schoolers electrocuting themselves (you know it would happen) so the answer was, ‘Maybe later.’ (What? I avoid confrontation. Have you met me? Jeez.)
It isn’t like you couldn’t figure this out on your own, but I like this more kid-friendly version so much I just had to share.
I started with a $1 set of battery-powered LED lights from, where else, Dollar Tree. The batteries are not included, but I also bought a pack of 8 AA’s there for $1. So that takes us to a dollar and a quarter if you’re counting. Half a pack of 20 mini red party cups brings your total to $1.75 actual cost, or $3 to stock up on all of the supplies.
Using a short steak knife I pressed it slowly into the bottom center and twisted back and forth until a hole big enough for the lights to snugly fit through formed.
Press the lights through.
And you’re done.
I have these simply hanging over the bottom bunk on push pins. It provides a little bit of fun light in the ‘cave’ as it’s called (it’s a T-shaped bunk bed).
There you have it. Another budget-friendly DIY to keep your house on trend.
My experience so far is that these lights can stay on 24/7 on the cheapie batteries for a minimum of 7 solid days before they start to dim. The Duracels in the last photo are rejects that were ‘dead’ in other items but found new life in these low energy lights.