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Silk-Flower Party Lights

These flowers look like the prettiest climbing vines. But they're not just sweet by day -- they're radiant by night. Despite their enchanted appearance, they are simply holiday lights covered with faux flowers (we chose flame-hued silk poppies).

Introduction

Making this decoration doesn't require stitching, tape, or glue; all you need are silk flowers and a string of lights.

Materials

  • Miniature holiday string lights for outdoor use
  • Silk poppies or other flowers (one for each bulb) with removable plastic stems and centers, available at crafts stores
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Pull the heads off the stems, then use scissors to enlarge the hole to about 1/4 inch to fit over the base of each light.

  2. Step 2

    If your flowers have layers of petals -- as with a gardenia -- stack them onto the base from largest to smallest. Push the petals back, away from the bulb, so they don't touch it and overheat (for safety, be sure that each bulb is firmly connected to its base).

  3. Step 3

    Hang the string of blooms just as you would any other decorative garland.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2005

Reviews (16)

  • Sahar 22 Jun, 2012

    LOVE it!!!

  • kiltfire 8 Nov, 2010

    This idea is interesting. .

  • GiseleG 29 Jun, 2010

    Absolutly beautiful !

  • rock63roll64 22 Jun, 2010

    AS ALWAYS....ANOTHER GREAT IDEA!! THANKS!!!

  • eamhoyt 22 Jun, 2010

    I did this using Lollipop's instead of lights at my wedding, it was a HUGE hit even with the boys! I used dollar store flowers too so it was very low cost!

  • eamhoyt 22 Jun, 2010

    I did this using Lollipop's instead of lights at my wedding, it was a HUGE hit even with the boys! I used dollar store flowers too so it was very low cost!

  • eamhoyt 22 Jun, 2010

    I used this idea with lollipop's I used dollar store silk flowers took out the plastic insert and slid the flower up the stick of the lolli.
    It was a big hit, these two ideas should go together.

  • yioryiak 29 Aug, 2008

    I used this idea for my wedding I decorated my balcony, it looked very pretty at night. I used pink and off white mini silk roses, the colour theme for my wedding and l also used the silk leaves aswell, mixing it up on every other bulb, i.e flower then leaves, etc. Thanks for the inspiration always!!!

  • boonedesigns 28 Aug, 2008

    This would be lovely with using a blue flower like a morning glory too. Love this idea.
    -www.boonedesigns.com

  • marieuge 16 Jun, 2008

    I just finished the project and it looks so pretty ! It was fun to do and cheap, additionally I finished it in less than an hour, the kind of projects I enjoy, thank you very much.

  • kimwylie0523 6 Jun, 2008

    How cool! I agree, this would be great for a bridal shower, or even a wedding (with white flowers). Thanks for the fun idea!! :)

  • casperboy 6 Jun, 2008

    Could be pretty for an outdoor bridal shower party.

  • Puffcake 5 Jun, 2008

    I just love this idea and will be putting it to good use! I'll be heading to my favorite craft store soon. Thank you.

  • lovecookin 5 Jun, 2008

    What a great idea. We are going to have a lulu this summer, how beautiful this would be as patio decorations. Thank you.

  • MarySewSo 5 Jun, 2008

    Our group is planning a luau, so I'm going to use this idea for decorating under the outdoor glass tables.

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 5 Jun, 2008

    Great idea. This idea can be carried through the entire year, just changing the flowers. This could also be used as an indoor decoration. I decorate the mantle with little white lights, I never thought of adding a garland of seasonal flowers. Thank you.