DIY: Egg Carton Fairy Lights

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Egg cartons, much like print, socks and cereal boxes, are DIY-gold because they can be almost endlessly repurposed. Not only are they aces for holding and organizing any tiny bits you have (jewlrey, beads, bolts and nuts) into an impromptu, and portable, case but they’re green so they can also be used for seedlings and planting stuff.

Egg cartons can also be quickly turned into a sewing kit or jewelry box, or a quick message board (which you can always paint).

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Personally, I like these fairy lights the best '“ especially because all they require is some quality time with a pair of scissors. Fairy lights are going to require LED lights (other lights will get too hot and become a fire hazard) but other than that, all you’ll need to do is cut away the excess cardboard surrounding the cups, separate each cup and then trim the edges to form petals.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.

1 Comment

  1. Sclcomputer
    January 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Extremely useful and informative article. I wish i can do all of that in a short period of time. But for sure doing those will produce results. I will try to spread your wordsthrough my blog and link it back to you. Thanks a lot for those tips