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Red Plastic Cup Party Light String

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When designing the look of a new weekly night at a Chicago nightclub designed to emulate a house-party vibe, the ubiquitous red plastic party cup became the icon. Many elements were designed as decorations for the night using them, but one in particular was particularly simple and really stood out- plus we hadn't seen it done before. It's so simple and fetching, I hope others will be inspired to make a set of this fun string of lights, great for outdoor spaces! 
 
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Step 1: Collect your materials

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In order to make your very own string of party cup lights, you'll need the following:

- A string of C7 size "holiday" lights. This can be any length, or any number of strings you desire. We used clear light bulbs, though you could use colored lightbulbs or a different style plastic cup for a different effect. 
- Plastic Cups. As many as you have sockets on the light string.
- A drill with a bit larger than the threaded base of of your bulbs. 1/2" for a C7 bulb.

That's it!

You could also add an in-line dimmer to change the look or use twinkle bulbs to create a livelier mood. 

Step 2: Prepare the cups

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Drilling one at a time, or several stacked cups at once, drill a hole through the center of the base of all your plastic cups. You may find that you have flaps of plastic hanging onto the edge of the drilled holes which you can easily remove by hand. 
Loving this design. Thanks for sharing!
davidandora (author)  GorillazMiko1 year ago
You are very welcome! It's such a simple project and they were one of the most talked about elements at the place we used them. I think they are the right amount of "fun" for a gathering on your deck or other outdoor space.
I hope they play "red solo cup" every day they're up.
lime3D1 year ago
I love it. It gives just the right look. To keep the cups from cracking or collapsing, you can try melting the holes with a soldering iron, instead of drilling.
davidandora (author)  lime3D1 year ago
That is a great suggestion. It all depends on the type of plastic your cups are made of in our experience. The standard red and blue plastic party cups seemed to take a drill without cracking or splitting. I'd have preferred melting a hole perhaps if I could locate a 1/2" or tapered bit for a soldering iron. Do they make those?
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gb44771 year ago
AWESOME!!!!
davidandora (author)  gb44771 year ago
THANKS!
Fantastic! Too bad I hadn't seen this when I was in undergrad.
davidandora (author)  rolltidehank1 year ago
it's totally a dorm room detail! Thanks!
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