DIY: Cupcake Liner Lights

Edit: File this under "this was supposed to be posted last month." You may recall I did a Pizzazz Your Patio post and was supposed to include this DIY. Oops. I decided to post this anyway since I honestly use my patio/balcony area more in autumn, since it's so freaking hot here until December October. And this fits my criteria when it comes to the DIYs I do: quick, easy, and cheap. This is also very easy to customize--think bedrooms, dorm rooms, mantel, parties, etc. Or think colors/patterns. 
Let's see how I did it:

I was planning and plotting my next party, an outdoors one, and was thinking about lights. I came across all sorts, like these:
Typical me, I thought, I could make that! Or something like it! But I wanted to spend zero to $1. And that's how I came up with this idea (edit: thanks for the emails notifying me of other liner ideas! such savvy readers I have!)
I had lights and scissors on hand. The only purchase would be the liners, which I got for about $1 on sale. The liners match my patio furniture, so that's why I picked this pattern.
To assemble, simply fold the liner in half and cut a tiny slit. Cut as many as are needed for lights.
 Poke the lights through the slits in the liners. Hang lights as desired.

  • I figured since the liners are obviously ok to bake with, it didn't matter the type of light. IF this bothers you, use LED lights. 
  • I used lights I had on hand, which were smaller, but bigger bulbs would be beautiful too.
  • Use colored lights! (Note to self: get some colored lights!)
  • My lights are suitable inside/outside, so check if yours are. Dollar stores have sales on lights often.
  • Match the liners to decor or to situation, like if you're hosting a party, for example.
  • Some liners are colored on the inside, which makes for an even a cooler glow. (Note to self: get more liners!)
Enjoy! Love, Elle


  1. What a cute/clever idea! They look fantastic!

  2. What a cute idea! Very creative.


  3. Very creative!


  4. Fun, this would be so cute for a party!

    xo Mary Jo

  5. I like how they look like flowers. Cute idea.

  6. Wow! Looking at the first picture, it didn't seem like they would look pretty. Sorry, no offense! But with the lights on, they look magnificent! You should try gluing two liners together to encapsulate the light!
    ♥ laura

    the blog of worldly delights

  7. ohhh goody! Elle, you rock girl! i love this diy and i cannot wait to try it!! i'll even send you photos! i hope you have an amazing week!


  8. You are so creative, girl! I absolutely love everything about this post - and those paper lanterns are some of my favorite things. I love seeing them at weddings or backyard parties - who knew you could make them so easily!?

  9. These are so cute! :)


  10. These are so cute! :)


  11. Elle,

    You're just so talented. I love this idea. Great Job!


  12. These lights look so sweet (pun intended). As an obsessive worrier, I love that you suggest the alternative of using LED lights - now I have no excuse not to try this. Thanks for spreading the crafty blog love, Elle! -Jennifer

  13. Love this idea!!! Makes me want to throw a party. I'm having some friends over the beach house this weekend. Hmmm, maybe I could pull it off... :) xoxo

  14. Very fun and creative Elle!!


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  15. OMG I love this! Super cute idea..thanks for sharing and you're right...they get hot in the oven so they will be fine =)

    ♥ Shia

  16. How cute and festive. I'm totally doing this next time I throw a party.

  17. That's cute! Is it safe with the heat, though? xoxo

  18. Thanks for your comment!

    This is a really nice post :)


  19. What a fantastic idea! Definitely going to keep this one bookmarked for a time that calls for it

  20. That is a really cool idea. And a good way to use Christmas lights for decorating all year round :)


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