New This Month


Paper-Bag Party Lights

Beribboned colored bags hung from lights make fun lanterns.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2004


  • Utility knife

  • Outdoor string lights

  • Gusseted flat-bottom bags, 5 by 9 3/4 inches

  • 1 1/2-inch-wide single-face satin ribbon

  • Masking or paper tape


  1. Use a utility knife to make a slit through both sides of a bag, 2 inches from the top.

  2. Open the bag; cut an X in the bottom center. Slip a 2-foot length of ribbon (we used wide satin) through the slits, and knot it. 

  3. Push a bulb through the X, so the socket is fully inside. Use masking or paper tape to seal in the wire and socket. Continue until all bulbs are covered. Don't leave the lights on unattended, or for longer than 8 hours.

Reviews Add a comment