Everything Alice: The Wonderland Book of Makes and Bakes, by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech Win first prize this year for the best roses with this spectacular display of easy-to-make lights. If you cannot find a string of large bulbs, you can easily make smaller roses for a string of smaller lights. This project excerpt comes to us from the new book Everything Alice, By Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech. It’s filled with fun Alice in Wonderland-themed crafts and recipes.
1 string of 10 outdoor LED globe lights
5 sheets of thin red cardboard, each 22″ x 17″
5 sheets of thin white cardboard, each 22″ x 17″
Warning: To avoid any fire risk, use only outdoor LED lights with these light shades. As they are made from cardboard, these rose lights are suitable for outdoor use only in good weather, but can also be used indoors.
Step 1: Trim The Brim Cut a 16 1/2″ disk from each sheet of cardboard. Find the center point. With paper scissors, cut a rough spiral shape starting at the outer edge and working into the middle. Keep the lines of the spiral between 4″ and 5 1/2″ apart, but it is fine if the edges are slightly wavy. Step 2: Start The Rose Cut a small hole in the very center of the spiral. Feed your light bulb through this central hole in the cardboard spiral. With the first section of the spiral, form a cone around the bulb and staple to secure, avoiding all wires. Step 3: Staple In Place Continue spiraling the cardboard around the bulb and stapling to secure. Twist and tighten as you proceed. Repeat for each rose, alternating between red and white. For greater impact, make more than one string of lights.