Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Easy DIY: Toilet Paper Tubes Turned Into Party Lights!

Not too long ago I challenged myself to come up with a new use for an empty toilet paper tube. I was actually really worried that I wouldn't be able to pull this off. I really enjoy repurposing and creating, but I will be the first to admit my inventions aren't always show stoppers. I think I managed to create something fairly fun here though and if nothing else, it was super easy!

These lights can be used for any type of evening party or even an outdoor engagement party. To really make things special, use the couple's initials rather than the word "love," or for a wedding, consider putting the date



All you really need are the following tools:

  • X-acto knife
  • twine, yarn, or string
  • LED tea lights
  • tape
  • Card Stock
  • regular paper
  • pen or needle



Step one: gently cut out the letters of the toilet paper tube using an X-acto knife with a new, sharp blade. It's easier to pencil in your letter and then slowly go over the line with your x-acto knife. It's better to go over the same line a few times rather gently than to bear down and try to cut it all on one stroke.

Step two: cut a few strips of card stock and tape them into the bottom of the inside tube in the fashion of a cross or plus sign. This is to hold the tea light in place.

Step three: cut out a small rectangle of regular or slightly see through paper (I used plain ivory resume paper) and tape it in the inside of the tube, covering up the window created by the cut out letter.

Step four: Use a needle or pen to thread the twine through each tube

Step five: Drop in LED tea lights and hang up in a spot to be admired by all.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments! :)

9 comments:

Rose@bunchesdirect said...

Love this idea! Great for Eco-friendly decorators. Gives a heartfelt touch to the event.

Natasha said...

Okay, I'll bookmark it, but I don't promise I'll make it :) p.s. Instead of the word 'Love' I would write the word 'From now on, I'm the boss!' Okay, I know that's not one word, that's a sentence. :)

Jennifer said...

Hi Rose - Thank you! I like to think so as well!

Natasha - Hah! Love it! :)

wedding jewelry sets for brides said...

Romantic! That could be a perfect idea for proposals. I wish someone can do that for me..

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vencanice said...

Wow, this idea is so nice and beauty. Thanks for sharing!

Annalisa said...

what a great idea :X:X:X so romantic ! love your idea

DIY Wedding Invitations said...

What an awesome and versatile DIY craft project!!! A great addition to the decor for just about any type of event.

Wedding Invitations Australia said...

What a cute idea :) So inexpensive too!

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