DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads--Fabric Stash Buster

Versatile DIY for party & fabric lovers!

I love outdoor backyard fun. These lights add a pop of color and special handmade-with-heart vibe to any occasion you are planning to host this spring/summer! From an elaborate family reunion or barbecue to a little girl's tea party or family dinner, these lights contribute to a warm, festive atmosphere conducive to memorable, hometown style, backyard family fun. Countless color schemes & fabric prints = the sky is the limit, when it comes to designing your very own strand of DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads.

DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads


[I haven't figured out how to get this 58 second video tutorial to play on a mobile device but it works on my desktop??] I'll probably post it on Instagram next week @PostalThreads :)

What you will need:

  • A strand of white lights (Length of strand is up to you! Consider where you want the lights to go & how ever much "in-the-maker-zone" you have time for)...also, for this project, I prefer lights with a green strand since it matches the green floral tape.
  • Green floral tape
  • Fabric scraps ( at least about 6" x 3 1/4")
  • Rotary cutter & mat (or fabric scissors)
  • To make an easy template you need: a bowl [about 6" wide] to trace a half circle; paper; pencil; ruler (make pattern 5 3/4" wide and about 3 1/8" at the highest point of the half circle).
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue gun glue sticks
DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads: What you will need

Instructions:

1. Make an easy template (see notes above for specifications)
2. Cut out how ever many fabric half circles you need. Below are a few tips:
  • It is ok to cut through more than one layer; you just want to be able to get a nice clean cut. (I like to use a rotary mat & cutter; use caution)
  • I used eyelet & lace scraps for the white ones. I was worried the lace would not be stable enough to hold the cone/bell shape nicely, so I backed it when fusible interfacing. Depending on what fabric you choose, you may wish to do the same.
  • You don't have to be EXACT when it comes to cutting out your fabric with the print/design perfectly lined up! (See how crooked the navy blue gingham is below, ha.) These flat pieces will turn into 3 dimensional cone/bell shapes.
DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads
  • Take into consideration how many lights you need to wrap and how many different fabric colors and/or prints you would like to use. Then do a little math. For example if you are doing 50 lights, and you are using 5 different colors or fabric prints, you need to cut out 10 of each color or fabric print.
3. Heat up your hot glue gun.
4. Carefully apply a relatively thin line of hot glue near the edge of the fabric half circle. Refer to the photo below and or video to see about where to apply the glue. (About 2 inches along, on one side, near the straight edge).
5. Repeat step 4 until you have finished creating all the cone/bells you need.
Insert light through the top of the cone shape, position in place, and hold in place between thumb and index finger of one hand while you wrap & stretch floral tape 2 or 3 times around the base of the light. This may seem a little tricky at first, but the more you do it the faster you will be, and you'll discover what works for you.
6. Hang lights. Never leave lights on, unattended! Enjoy!


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Please comment below! Is this something you would do? I would love your feedback when you try this! And if you would like, follow me on Instagram @PostalThreads and tag #PostalThreads when you share your own creation of DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads!

--Lisa

DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads


DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads

DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads
DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads



DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads


DIY Festive Party Lights by PostalThreads