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DIY Party Light

Get savvy and make your own flashing party light with this great tutorial!

Decorating a party doesn’t have to be expensive with our clever DIY Party Light! Made with a few simple items this light will make your party room dazzle all night long!

What You’ll Need

To make the light you’ll need a few useful items – you’ll need a drill to drill holes into the cups, a stapler to staple your cups together, a few packs of our Clear Plastic Cups and some LED Fairy Lights (battery or plug-in will work).

Step 1

The first thing you will need to do is drill a hole in the bottom of every plastic cup to prepare them for the lights.

Step 2

Once all your holes have been drilled it’s time to start stapling the cups together. You need to create two halves that will attach together to make a sphere. Staple the cups in a circular direction.

Step 3

When you’ve stapled a circle of cups together you will then need to staple more cups in the centre to form half a 3 dimensional sphere. Repeat for the other half-circle you’ve created.

Step 4

Now it’s time to thread through your fairy lights. Thread bulbs through each cup hole carefully on both sphere halves that you’ve made.

Step 5

Once every cup has a LED light threaded through simply assemble the two halves together to make one 3D ball (gather all the lighting cable into the centre). Staple cups together to secure.

Step 6

You can now tie a string inside the ball, hang your light up, flick the switch and get ready to party!

For a visual step by step check out our great video below:

Hot Tips

  • Use LED lights with a chaser function to give your light cool strobing and flashing effects
  • Try substituting multi-colour LED lights for warm white or cool white LEDs to create a futuristic/modern look
  • Make a Snowman by creating two spheres and joining them together then use black cups for a mouth, an orange cup for a nose and blue cups for the eyes
  • Use fluorescent coloured plastic shot glasses or cups in place of clear cups for a fun version of this light that the kids will love