Welcome to day 4 of my #12daysof DIY challenge!
Thanks for sticking around guys, I hope you are enjoying the challenge! So far we’ve had lots of fun embellishing jumpers, jazzing up earrings and making our own paper garlands, but today I am showing you how to add a little extra festive cheer to some old fairy lights. This one is another quick one, all you need is some ping pong balls, a scalpel or knife and a string of fairy lights. Here’s how I made my snowball fairy light garland…
Fairy lights, Primark
Ping pong balls, Ebay
I started by securing one of my ping pong balls down to the table with some white tac, to make sure it wouldn’t slip about when cutting it. Then I grabbed my scalpel and cut into it making a small X shape on one side. I found that I was able to cut certain parts of the ball better than others, for example there was a hard ‘seam’ running around the inside of the ball which made it difficult to cut along. I held each one up to the light to see where this seam was before cutting and avoided it in that area.
Once I had made my cut I inserted one of the fairy lights bulbs into the gap. The X shape of the cut stops the bulb from slipping out easily and helps hold it in place. I carried on cutting holes in the rest of the ping pong balls and placed then on every other fairy light on my string of lights.
I had to play around with the size of the cut before I was happy and the fairy light fitted comfortably, so don’t worry if you don’t get it first time. I am really pleased with how these lights turned out, and how simple they were to make! Who knew those old ping pong balls could make something look so pretty!
I have put my lights around my fireplace along with a leafy garland I picked up from my local florist a few years back. The lights give off such a soft, warming glow with the added ping pong balls attached, much less harsh and intense then just having the bulbs exposed. I love how they look like mini snowballs sat on my fireplace.
Thanks for stopping by for day 4 of my #12daysofDIY challenge.
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Thank you again, and see you tomorrow for another DIY post!