The idea came about last Christmas when my Mum received this lazer-cut Christmas tree shaped box filled with expensive chocolates. The chocolates were quickly eaten and the box ended up on my junk pile. This year I decided to up-cycle it.
This is far easier if you have the box or something similar but I guess if you're lucky enough to have a lazer cutter you could make one.
Step 1: Items Needed
The box --- Free
15 multi-colour lights --- 99p (the 99p shop)
2m of silver tinsel --- £1 (Wilko)
2x AA batteries --- 99p (the 99p shop)
hot glue gun
Step 2: Add the Lights
- Cut an opening for the cable in the bottom of the box (I did this with a knife but there is probably a better way)
- Starting from the last LED start gluing in the lights with hot glue (its useful to keep the lights on for this as they all look clear when off)
- Take care with positioning and cable management you don't want visible lights or cable.
- Glue the battery box in place at the bottom and route the wires through the hole.
Step 3: Add the Tinsel
- Use masking tape to extend the inner edges of the box to contain the tinsel
- Stuff the tinsel in and quickly shut the box!
- Switch on and enjoy
DO NOT: use bulb type "fairy lights" as they will get far too hot
DO : be careful with hot glue, its easy to burn your fingers