I'm getting ready to host our annual 4th of July barbeque this week, which has been dramatically scaled back this year due to my grandma's health. Still, it's going to be a fun day with yummy food and lots of fun.
I got it in my head that I wanted to put decorated lights around the patio. I blame Pinterest. I saw this and this and decided to mash them together to make crochet-paper-covered lights. Cute idea, right? I was planning to pull out our Christmas tree lights and make them all crochet-y and festive.
The basic concept is this: using scrapbook paper (or in my case, a scanned copy of some granny squares I made) and some cheap plastic cups you can make cute little lampshades for your patio/Christmas/fairy lights. You cut one of the cups apart to use as a template, and then trace around it onto your paper. I was able to get two cup covers out of each sheet of paper. Then you can Outdoor Mod Podge them to waterproof them, or as I did, just tape them on because I hadn't fully committed to the project... Ooh, the embarrassing truth just slipped out there...
This is how far I got.
I couldn't bring myself to print out more than 3 pages of "granny paper" because it was so saturated with printer ink that it just looked like a waste of money to me. I thought about getting color copies made, but they're a buck apiece, and I'm just too cheap to want to spend $50 for something that looks like I made it for free. No thanks. ($50 was determined by dividing my 100 lights by the 2 covers I would get from a $1 color copied paper. I'd rather spend my $1 here... or here... Shameless plug!!!)
But I'd already made 4 covers, which now seemed like a huge waste of energy, until I thought "Duh, flip them back over!" The lampshades were made from cups, so why couldn't I just use them as festive party cups?! Done! And while I was at it, why not make matching plates? So I did.
I just cut out a circle that fit the bottom of my plate (disposable clear Chinet that I got on sale at Target), and then taped it the paper to the bottom of the plate! I think this would look super cute for bringing cookies to a party, and who cares about the plate afterward. I'm already thinking of doing this again in red and cream to use at Christmas.
So, I guess my total craft fail turned out okay after all. Oh, Pinterest, I can never stay mad at you...