I was inspired to create these light covers when looking for decorative lights for my room. Many of the lights I found were $30 for a strand of ten lights that aren’t easily replaced, so I thought I might as well make some homemade ones using recycled materials and put them on the Christmas lights I already had.

Although this project is doable on your own, it is faster and more fun to do with friends. I recommend doing some of the more tedious steps of this project while watching a movie or listening to music. These light covers are great for decorating any space from a dorm room to an outdoor patio!

This project is 10 steps and takes about 6 hours to make 20 covers.

Step 1: Gather Materials

  • Aluminum cans (half as many as the number of light covers you want to make)
  • Print out of template provided (used recycled paper if possible)
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie (fine point)
  • Tack
  • Needle and thread (small enough to fit through a tack hole)
  • Sand paper (I used a spare sheet of aluminum oxide type paper and 100 grit)
  • Craft paint or spray paint (I used some old gold spray paint for wood and metal that I had from a previous project)
  • Wire (thin and malleable)

<p>These look awesome! These would make great decorations! </p>
<p>these definitely caught my eye... </p><p>a neat project for sure.... </p>
<p>I can do this for Christmas but I bet the same lights would be great for the fourth of July too.</p>
<p>These are really stunning! Great job! :D</p>
<p>What an awesome way to reuse them! These are beautiful :)</p>

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Bio: I am a Design and Landscape Restoration student at UC Davis interested in landscape design and sustainable design. My hobbies include waterskiing, snow skiing, and ... More »
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