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Shaded String Lights

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


Holiday strands trace every slat of a porch trellis; the bulbs are covered in shades made from chartreuse and turquoise vellum. The table is lighted by pillar candles, each protected by two vases (one inside the other); blue-tinted water fills the space between glasses.


  1. Draw a clamshell-shaped template on a piece of cardboard or print and cut out our template with scissors.

  2. Fold an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of vellum paper in half. Place template on vellum so that clamshell "hinge" abuts the fold.

  3. Trace, and cut out. Position shade over each bulb, securing them to the bulb's plastic base with a small binder clip. String the lights along a ceiling, securing them with tape or thumbtacks.

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