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Candy-Cup Holiday Lights

Light reflects off foil cups for a brilliant display.


Spanish colonists gave tin to Mexicans, who over the years perfected the art of soldering and painting bright ornaments from the material. The Mexicans, in turn, gave us the idea of evoking that cheerful, sparkling look with something as simple as foil candy cups on pink mini lights, poinsettias made from metal sheets, and a tart-tin sconce. Decorating a mantel in these happy reds and pinks anchors a room -- and serves as an ample stand-in if your space (or holiday travel plans) doesn't allow for a large trimmed tree. Never leave the lights unattended when they're switched on.


  • Foil candy cups, in fuchsia and red
  • Craft knife
  • Pink mini lights (14 feet)
  • Cutting mat


  1. Step 1

    Cut slits at center of cups.

  2. Step 2

    Slide 1 light through each slit. Repeat until length of lights is completed.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011