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Easy Little Lamps

Updated on October 28, 2019
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Fin lives in California's Central Valley and is interested in social issues. and creative writing.

Easy Little Lamps

You can make these for any occassion.

On Halloween they will make great little lights so your child can be seen.

On Christmas they make great, safe tree ornaments and table settings.

For New Years, St. Patrick's Day or the 4th of July, you can use these to by coloring the cups the proper colors. Great table settings, or conversation pieces.

They are easy, cheap and lots of fun!

Get Your Supplies Ready First!

You Will Need


Plastic Cups (small will work - 8 oz or less)

Tea LIghts (see the dollar store)

Markers or Paint

Hole Punch

Yarn or Pipe Cleaners





Foam Cutouts



Step 1: Decorate the Cup

Start by coloring your cup. You can paint it or use markers.

It might be a good idea to have in mind a design you like. For example, I colored this one orange and tried to make it resemble a Jack-O-Lantern.

You want to be careful not to make it too dark because the light needs to shine through.

After you color it. Add any other decorations you might wish.

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Step 2: Holes

You don't have to punch the holes at the top. These are useful if you wish to create a candle and want to be able to carry it easy. This might be a step you take if you are working with children who want to carry it with them. For a handle, you can use a pipe cleaner

Just make sure the holes are directly across from each other.

Step 2: Punch Holes in the Top (optional)

Holes: A note


If you wish to wear it around the neck, you can use some yarn and make a necklace. Be aware of any choking hazards.

String, or yarn is useful if you want to make this as a hanging decoration.

In this case you would place three holes evenly spaced apart.

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Step 3: Prepare the Light

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Step 4: Prepare Your LIght

Now you are ready to set up your lamp.

Turn on the tea light first! This should make sense because it is usually hard to reach the switch when the light is in the cup.

After your light is turned on, gently set the lamp into the cup.



Now that you are done, you can enjoy your lamps.

Set them at a table, hang them above a desk. Use them as nightlights.

The options are limitness, it's up to you.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Fin


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