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Mini Red Party Cup Lights DIY

Written by Echo Stenger on January 7th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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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.

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.

Step1

Press the lights through.

Step2

And you’re done.

Step3

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).

Finished

 

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.

Enjoy!

 

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EchoStenger.com began in early 2013 as a side project of Echoia.com. Namely, Echoia Photography. Wanting to expand to include more varied content, it seemed only appropriate to change the site's title.

It currently is an outlet for many of my interests and passions. I share my work in and write tutorials for Adobe Illustrator, review products (mostly purchased by me), experiment with my Silhouette Cameo machine (hashtag vector in flesh!), share my day-to-day and still post photographs on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting and coming along with me as I grow and seek out beauty in everything.

I am a Christian mom, girlfriend, dog-mom, cat-mom and pseudo step-mom. I take up hobbies faster than I can put them back down. I am from Texas, but currently reside in Utah.

I. Love. Air conditioning.

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Angel : My seraph son. I’ll likely speak of nothing and no one so much. Born October 2009. He likes the color orange blue and almost anything Marvel.

Veda : Black. Lab-like. Born Summer 2008. A life changer. Full name and title: Princess Darth Veda Jane Sultanfuss Stenger. Usually just Veda/Veda Jane when she’s bad. Also ‘Monster’. In your way? Just say, 'Scoot, Veda.'

Trinity : Rescued from the pound about 9 weeks of age, Summer 2009. I call her ‘Wiggle Bottoms’, 'Dummy' (lovingly, of course) or ‘Little Bit’. Big time cuddler.

Li : Dog cat. Scarier than both the dogs put together.

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