Mini Fabric Lamps

One of the very first things I ever “pinned” were these “Lamp Shades on a String” from Rebeccas DIY. They have been on my to-make list for months. When I first found this little project, it was only written in Swedish but I think she has an English version now. These are so cute and actually really fun to make, Finn even helped me a little :) I love a simple project, and one that uses scraps.
What you need:
Fabric Scraps, Lights, Mod Podge and Clear Cups

Then you need holes in your cups…
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Iron all of your scraps and then start cutting. I have a template HERE if you are using the same cups (9oz Hefty Brand).You can also always find any of my templates under the “freebies” tab.

Cover your cups with the Mod Podge and wrap fabric around. The template is cut for a little excess fabric and I just used more Mod Podge on that little lip.

Let them dry…

Push the lights into the holes.

Here is a little PSA: I posted a project about a year ago that involved tealights in a metal container near plastic and some commenters thought I had a death wish or something. I thought “its just a tealight people” and obviously I am always around when I burn candles. I write a craft blog not a manual on life…but if this project isn’t for you, just don’t make it and as always please be safe :)

The best part… plug them in, yay!

Look where they live now

I love them, I want to make some for every single room. Stay tuned later this week for a very ModPodge-tastic giveaway that I know you will LOVE!!

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  1. Love this idea! I hadn’t seen this before (must be out of the loop!) They ‘lamps’ look great over your headboard! So fun! Must try!
    Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. So cute and colorful! love it :)

  3. Holy cuteness! They’re are adorable!

  4. Oh, I love your version of my project and I am so happy that you were inspired by it! And thanks for sharing on FB :)

  5. Oh this is the best! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing, I saw you at My Girlish Whims and am happily following you via GFC.

  6. Holy crap these are awesome!! I want them all through my house!!! Pinning!

  7. These are the cutest things ever! I’ve been wanting to make a garland-y type thing and definitely think I will be making these. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh my stinkin’ cute!!! Love these- I’ll have to get my boys involved and make this a project with them :) Fab Idea!

  9. These are great! Love them. Pinned!

  10. SO CUTE!! Great job :)

  11. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!! I am in love with your lamps!! Such a great idea.

    I hope you are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer!!

  12. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :)

  13. These are going to look awesome in colors to match my patio furniture! Or red, white and blue for the Fourth! Or Halloween fabrics, or Christmas for that matter! Let’s see if I can get some done before then! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. I love these! My husband actually likes them, too, and we have plans to make them…soon! Thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

  15. these are great.ı love these.may be ı can use for my daughter birthdays.

  16. These are so cute -but are they a fire hazard with the plastic cups? Do the plastic cups emit an odor? I’m curious because I’d love to make them for my daughters room.

    • i have never had a problem with them :)

    • First of all: Taylor, thanks so much for such a cutie-patootie idea!! LOVE IT! Second: If folks are worried about the heat of the lights with the plastic cups, here’s a thought….buy the mini LED string lights & use them!! They’re just about the same size as far as fitting them in the hole (or wait & measure the LED string lights & drill to fit) & they don’t emit any heat so that clears up the safety issue. Ta-da! (hee hee hee) Anyway, I just wanted to give those who are safety conscious a way to make this AMAZING PROJECT without the worry. Thanks again & God Bless! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  17. would paper work as well? what do ya’ll think? { super. cute. }

  18. Very cute! Love the idea!

  19. Love this Taylor! Sooo cute!


  20. I love this idea and might try it for Halloween or Christmas and use on the front porch. I wonder of those LED lights that use less electricity are cooler to the touch? Will have to investigate. Thanks for the great instructions!

  21. these look so so lovely!! am so making these asap

  22. I want to do this! did you use LED lights or regular christmas lights?i just wouldn’t want the plastic of the cup to melt!

  23. I am so excited to do this for my new craft room. Plus, what a great way to use up fabric scraps!! Great job.

  24. I love these! My daughter has a beach theme party coming up! I will be keeping these in mind!

  25. SO adorable!! Can’t wait to surprise my granddaughter with these! Hmmm, wonder if hubby will go for them over our bed too??

  26. These are adorable and the possibilities are endless…. parties, my daughter’s room. Love it!

  27. When I saw these I just loved them. I thought of my oldest son who always had the patio lights up all over the house. So I went shopping for the list of things needed. I had everything but the material. Then I could not find your instructions! I just spent 1hour 45 min looking for the them on the Make craft posts! I am making some and so is he once I get the materials sent to him.

  28. How the plastic scrap square measure destroy, while not harmful to pollution .
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  29. Adorable!! My next DIY project for sure!

  30. This would be adorable in a children’s reading nook!!!

  31. The cups keep breaking what is the best kind of drill bit to use? And what size did you use?

  32. This is sooo cute! I wonder if the light would still shine through if you used scrapbooking paper instead of the fabric. I have so many cute prints in those.

  33. This would be adorable for a baby shower done in all baby material or wedding, graduation OMGosh I could think of a lot of events this would look so great at. Thinking I might do this for our next family reunion. Thanks so much for the idea. I tried to “pin” it on my pinterest site but couldn’t get it to work. I’m new at it so will try again.

  34. HI! I LOVE these lamps & I’ve been trying to do them in my baby girls room since before she was born! She’s 6 months now… I collected all of the supplies & ran into a wall with the cups. I used other clear 9 oz cups & they cracked when we went to drill them. From that point on I’ve been on a hunt for Hefty cups…. I cannot find these cups you used ANYWHERE! Not even online for purchase. Any advice? If you don’t mind can you email me back? I’m afraid I will forget to check back for a response if one comes. Thanks so much. The lights are beautiful. I love them.

    • You could try melting a whole in the cups with with a glue gun tip. We made balls with this technique in school when I was younger, using plastic cups and colored Christmas lights and then glued all the cups together to form a great big ball. The tip of the hot glue gun will melt through it without cracking it.

    • You could try melting a hole in the cups with with a glue gun tip. We made balls with this technique in school when I was younger, using plastic cups and colored Christmas lights and then glued all the cups together to form a great big ball. The tip of the hot glue gun will melt through it without cracking it.

  35. Love these lights. wish I didn’t have to use a drill though. These would be great for a display in my boutique flower shop

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  38. How can we print out the template? or are there measurements u used?

  39. Thank you for sharing, love this!

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    Danke für die wunderbare Anleitung.
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  45. How lovely! My grown son and 19 year old grandson share a new home. They built a huge patio table and benches this summer and have been having friends over frequently to enjoy their new outdoors!

    They strung LED Christmas lights from their house roof to a shed roof to light the area…I’m going to look for some guy-inspired fabrics and make them some of these! They’re terrific!

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  51. Aha! a wonderful idea that I am going to do. Here’s another fabric suggestion. Lots of us have favorite clothing pieces that we just can’t seem to part with, but cannot wear, and maybe not nice enough to even donate to charity. Why not take the fabric from them (i.e. blouses, skirts, shirts, etc.)? Whee! I’m off to buy those cups and Modge Podge tomorrow!

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  53. Thanks for the inspirative post. This is my result, i used another type of glue more common in my region and smaller cups, love it so far:

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