Do you want to make mini red solo cup lights? This is a super easy DIY with just a few supplies from Dollar Tree.
Today we are going to make red party cup string lights. This is a fun way to use disposable cups and light sets to make unique covers for Christmas lights. Let’s get started with our fun red party cup lights!
Mini Red Solo Cup Lights Materials
Once again I’m off to Dollar Tree and this time I grabbed a light strand with 20 light bulbs, diamond adhesive wrap, mini red Solo plastic cups and some black ribbon.
Mini Red Solo Cup Lights Video
Mini Red Solo Cup Lights instructions
1. Cut the diamond adhesive wrap
I took my black ribbon and measured the width and depth to correspond with the diamond adhesive wrap. I cut several strips for the width and then I also cut for the depth of the ribbon.
Next, I took the piece of diamond wrap and folded it in half I cut a small square out of the center so that it would be a square on the outside and a small square hole on the inside, like a belt buckle. You will need to cut as many of these as the number of Solo cups and lights you are using. I’m using 20 lights so I’ll be using 20 Solo cups and 20 squares of the adhesive wrap.
2. Cut the black ribbon
Next, I grabbed one of the mini cups. You can also use large Solo cups if you prefer. and you can use large Solo cups if you prefer. I took my black ribbon and measured around the Solo cup, then cut the strips of ribbon to the correct length. Again, you will need as many strips of ribbon as the number of Solo cups you plan to use. I’m using 20 so I cut 20 strips of ribbon.
3. hot glue the ribbon onto the solo cup
Now it’s time to assemble them. Start by adding a little dot of hot glue and place the ribbon in it. Once that is in place I made a strip of hot glue around the cup and secured the ribbon around the cup. It’s important that the ribbon sticks to the Solo Cup securely otherwise you’ll end up with gaps. Once I got to the end I added a little dab of glue and closed off the ribbon. This will be the belt.
4. Add the diamond wrap buckle
Next, I added the diamond adhesive squares to my ribbon. I peeled off the backing and stuck it into place on the Santa belt. Sometimes this can be a little tricky so make sure you get the adhesive off.
5. Cut the bottom of the red solo cup
For the next step, I took a razor blade and cut an X shape small hole into the bottom of the Solo cups. This will be where we put the light. Again, you will need the same number of lights as the number of solo cups you are planning to use.
6. Stick the lights into the mini red solo cups
Now it was time to assemble the Christmas lights. I am using mini lights for my mini red cups, but you may use a different bulb size if you are using big cups. You can use clear bulbs or white lights if you prefer. You might consider using cool lights if your tree will be plugged in for an extended period of time. I stretched the string of lights out to make sure they were nice and straight. I pushed one light through the bottom of the cup top of each Solo cup until all the cups had a light. If you prefer, you could use just every other light.
Now to add a little flare I cut some more Diamond adhesive wrap in the same square as before. I grabbed a white bulb and measured some black ribbon to fit around the center of the bulb. I cut the ribbon and hot glued everything into place on the bulb just like I did with the Solo Cup. I peeled off the diamond adhesive wrap sticker and placed it on the center, so now my bulb has a matching belt just like the Solo cups.
7. Place the mini solo cup lights on the tree
Now it was time to assemble my tree! You can adjust the red cup lights to fit a big or small Christmas tree. I think the bold red color of these plastic red cups is a great addition to my mini Christmas tree. Make sure to rotate the cups so they face the way you want.
Lastly, I added an upside-down Solo Cup to the top of my mini tree. This can sit in the front entryway or outdoor patio areas for your next holiday party. It is a great way to get the attention of your guests as they come this holiday season.
Other life of the party tips for your next party or event and additional information:
- The strand I used was for indoor use.
- Good for outdoor use with an outdoor Christmas light strand
- Hang on to your replacement bulbs so you can replace them as needed
- These are great for year-round including a summer party
- You can create this with battery powered – string lights
- You can also keep your eye out for disposable shot glasses – battery powered. I’ve seen them already to go occasionally at a store.
- Make sure to know the total length before getting started.
- You can use an x-acto knife instead of a razor blade.
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