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Making a Plastic Cup Contemporary Light


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November 27, 2018

Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - Solo cup lightMy friends went away on holiday and came back to find hundreds of Solo cups, and the remnants of what looked like a huge party, scattered about their house. There was no permission given for this blowout, of course. I thought I could help lighten things up (in two ways) by making them this decorative light with some of the cups. It was a very welcome gift, and a good laugh. Try this out if you've got some extra cups!

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Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 big light

Supplies:

  • 30+ Solo cups
  • drill with 11/32" drill bit
  • strung Christmas lights
  • stapler
Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of a cup.
  2. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - drill a hole in the center bottom of a cup
     
  3. Poke a Christmas light through just to make sure it's a good fit. You want it to just poke through without it being too loose, as not to let them slip off. Continue drilling holes in the rest of the cups.
  4. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - check fit size with a mini light
     
  5. Staple 2 cups side by side, making sure one of the cup's lip is just over the other cup's.
  6. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - staple two cups together with the lip of one up over the other
     
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  7. Now staple another one next to the other, staggering the cup lips again. They should eventually stagger over, under, over, under, etc.
  8. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - repeat staggering as you go
     
  9. You can make this as big as you like, but my lower level was just a crescent made of 8 cups. Start stapling on another level on top of, remembering to stagger the lips.
  10. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - first ring of 8 cups, adding the next level
     
  11. Go all the way across, stapling the cups to the ones below and the ones to their sides.
  12. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - staple cups to the ones below and the ones next to them
     
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  13. Keep going up and across until it starts turning into a ball. You'll start using less cups the higher you get.
  14. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - continue going up and across making a half ball shape
     
  15. When you're happy with the shape (I stopped when it was a hemisphere), turn it over and begin poking the Christmas light bulbs through the holes.
  16. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - push the lights through the holes
     
  17. It will look better if you don't put the same colour bulbs in side-by-side. Plug in the lights and enjoy the glow.
  18. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - try to stagger light colors, plug in and enjoy
     
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  19. It's much more dramatic in the dark!
  20. Plastic Cup Contemporary Light - finished light in a dark room
     
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