Take advantage of inexpensive small lights and recycled items to create crafts that provide a subtle ambiance throughout the year. Decorate your home, prepare for each upcoming holiday or make your own gifts. Small nightlights, rope lights and Christmas lights in the colors of your choice can all be customized in craft projects when combined with other readily available supplies.
Pick up nightlights at the Dollar Store and transform them into custom gifts. You can create custom nightlights for any room in your home or anyone on your gift list. Start with a basic nightlight that plugs into an outlet. Cut a 9-oz. plastic cup in half, then embellish it with assorted trims or decorative papers. Glue the bottom of the cup to the top of the nightlight. Decorative elements can be folded over the edge of the cup and glued inside to make a smooth edge. Alternately, tissue paper can be decoupaged directly on a plastic nightlight. Build an animal face on a nightlight using googly eyes, pipe cleaners and papers. Consider a turtle, bear, monkey or your favorite animal.
Tower of Lights
Save coffee cans for a few months to create a pretty tower of lights. Build a tower of lights to use as an outdoor decoration or place in a dark corner such as in a bathroom or dining room. Coffee cans filled with rocks or sand, then stacked and glued create the base. Use strong epoxy glue to attach the whole structure to a thick wood block. Spray paint, then wrap a strand of rope lighting or traditional Christmas lights.
Backyard Ball of Light
Balls of light can be made with 50 clear plastic cups and two strands of mini-Christmas lights. One or several balls can be hung from a tree branch for the holidays, or use them year-round on your patio. After drilling a hole in the bottom of each cup, the plastic cups are stapled together near the rims to form the ball. Start with a ring of 12 cups, add a ring of nine on top, then four more on top of that. Repeat the same process on the other side, then push a light bulb from the strand into each cup. To form the ball, attach the two halves.
Glass Block Light Present
Glass blocks with a hole already drilled inside can be purchased from a craft store. After filling a glass block with lights and wrapping it with a ribbon, this light craft can be given as a hostess gift, used to decorate a baby shower or used to decorate your home for the holidays. Glass blocks can also be embellished with paint, decals or decoupaged decorative paper.