Purple Rain, Purple Rain! (Cloud)




A nice big nightlight or room accent!

Step 1: Materials

You can find just about everything at Dollar Tree!
Purple transparent cups (about 20)
Battery String LED Lights (10 bulbs)
Hot Glue Gun and about 20 sticks
Stuffing (if from Dollar Tree, you'll have to dismantle a few stuffed animals)
Purple string of beads (from kids section)
Permanent marker
Knife or something sharp (I used nail clippers)
Fishing line or wire

Step 2: Cups

First, plug in your hot glue gun so it can be heating up. Next, using your sharp tool, poke holes in the bottom of each cup. If needed, to make them all line up, use a marker to make a dot so you'll know where to make the holes. They have to be just big enough to fit one light.

Step 3: Insert the Lights

Double up the cups and stick a light in.

Tape each pair of cups together and also tape the lights down.

Step 4: Attaching the Cups

Hot glue every other cup together. Skip the end cup, and glue the next two together. Repeat skipping and gluing until you get to the other end.

Step 5: Let's Get Fluffy!

Hot glue the stuffing around each cup. I found it easier to lay them all down, glue stuffing to all the tops of the cups, flip it to do the other side, and then fill in the gaps. Leave the bottoms of the cups (where the wires are) exposed for now.

Step 6: Adding the Fishing Line

Next, flip all the cups upside down and make an oval.
Glue the edges of the end cups together.

On the far right cup, make two holes.
Taking a piece of fishing line (about 26 inches) thread it through both holes. Line up the ends of the fishing line and tie a knot.
Repeat on the left cup.

Tie the fishing lines together. This is how the cloud will hang.

Step 7: Make It Rain!

Cut the bead strand into various lengths.
Flip your cloud on its side and glue one strand inside a few of the cups

Step 8: Finishing Touches

I taped the battery box to a cup but, if you want it to hang for easier access, it's up to you! Glue more stuffing to cover the top.

Turn it on. Then, holding it by the fishing line, gently pick it up. Hang it on a doorknob or a strong nail. Arrange the pieces how you like them and use more stuffing to fill any gaps and cover exposed cup edges. Also, trim the raindrops to lengths you like.

Step 9: Enjoy!

Hang it up high to be admired by all who see it! I hung mine on the end of my curtain rod but you can hand it from a strong hook in the ceiling too.

Step 10: Mini Cloud

You can also make a Mini Cloud!

Step 11: Preparing the Cups

Using doubled cups, poke holes in opposite sides.

Thread fishing line through them and tie a knot to make a handle.

Step 12:

Glue the stuffing all over. Simply drop the lights into the cup and you're ready to hang it up!

Step 13: Thanks!

Thanks for checking out my Instructable! Please vote if you liked it and share your pictures if you make it. I'd love to see your creations!

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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Does it have a risk of fire?


    3 years ago

    so cool, my grandaughters favorite color, got to make her one for her room..

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! The color just depends on the cups. So you can make easily make any color if you wanted to :)


    3 years ago

    very artistic very nice..


    3 years ago

    This is so cool...I can imagine my tween daughter and teenage niece would LOVE this cloud! ?

    I am sure craft places like Michael's or Jo-Ann Stores would carry the stuffing material, right (I cannot see myself "butchering" stuffed animals... ? ?)?

    Thanks for the instructable!

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Lol yeah you don't have to butcher a stuffed animal. That's just if you were getting everything from the Dollar store. Walmart and any other craft or fabric stores will have it.


    3 years ago

    Looks awesome! I could imagine to get my whole ceiling covered with those clouds! :)

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! That's a good idea. You could just stretch them out as a strand of clouds instead of bunching them into one big one. Or you could make a bunch of the mini ones to put everywhere.