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paper folded light strands

Paper Folded Light Strands

We spent the majority of our vacation last week outside (specifically at the Beach and at Disney). It was a trip that left me dreaming of summer and long nights out on the deck… under lights. I always try to gussy up our porch this time of year and these folded paper light covers are a great way to do it affordably. They’re festive and fun for a party and the kind of strand I could see leaving up all season long.

Paper Folded Light Strands

Paper Folded Light Strands

Paper Folded Light Strands

The folded paper lights are bursting with color for summer. They can be resized to fit any bulb strand (I suggest an LED strand for safety). Can you imagine inviting friends over for early evening cocktails under these pretty colors? Summer bliss! The simple paper folds easily stand in for new/updated lights outdoors, or in. I am excited to hang a couple strands in the kitchen to brighten up a bland corner of the house.

To make the paper folded light strands you’ll need colorful scrapbook paper, scissors, and a bit of glue.

Paper Folded Light Strands

Start by printing out the paper light template, trace with pencil and cut out. Next, fold the paper back and forth, accordion style – here is a simple tutorial on how to make an accordion fold to get started. Once the paper has been folded, glue the two open sides together.

Paper Folded Light Strands

If using our template, the covers with be a bit smaller on one side and larger on the other – which makes them easy to slide onto standard globe light bulbs. Adjust the template for whatever size strand of lights you have on hand. Hang and enjoy!

Paper Folded Light Strands

Paper Folded Light Strands

Now that you’ve learned simplicity of according folding paper – here are a few other favorite paper folded projects to tackle.

(Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry)

11 Comments

  • lena
    May 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

    How adorable for summer!

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  • Traci
    May 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I can’t believe those are made out of paper. I had to look twice!

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  • Carpet cleaning Islington
    May 14, 2014 at 4:10 am

    What a lovely idea! I loved your folded paper lights and the colours you’ve chosen. Great job!

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  • Chrisharmen
    May 19, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Wow! Such a beautiful idea, I am going to try them out.

    Reply
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    May 20, 2014 at 12:20 am

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  • Rose
    December 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    It would be nice if the template was available. I keep getting a “page not found” error, and a search of the site for “templates” is useless.

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  • umagopy
    February 15, 2016 at 2:49 am

    What a great idea? I’ts super one. I am going to try them out.

    Reply
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