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Star Christmas Light Covers Using Plastic Canvas

This holiday craft is a twist on standard lights – add plastic canvas star Christmas light covers to make them look super cool and modern!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can accomplish this project! You’ll be cutting plastic canvas and then using a jewelry tool to assemble.

Star Christmas Light Covers Using Plastic Canvas

Hi, this is Amy from Maker Mama, back for another holiday how-to! Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the 80’s, but I have a weakness for plastic canvas.

I keep an eye out for kitschy-cool creations, and my most recent find was a complete plastic canvas doll furniture set (I restrained myself though, they were asking top dollar).

You can also find tons of fresh plastic canvas sheets ready for crafting at the thrift store.

In honor of my plastic canvas stash and the holidays, I made some fun and easy plastic canvas Christmas light covers to turn my plain lights into something a little bit different.

You can modify this idea with any shape that you like! It’s *really* easy to do.

Perforated plastic canvas, star stencil, scissors, jump rings, jewelry pliers

DIY Christmas Light Covers

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

And don’t forget your Christmas lights, of course.

Tracing stars on the plastic canvas with a washable marker
Stars cut out of plastic canvas with a pair of scissors laying next to them

Start by stenciling the stars onto your plastic canvas with the washable marker (DO NOT use a permanent marker or it won’t come off). Then cut them out and rinse them in water – the marker should come right off (the ones above aren’t washed yet).

Plastic canvas star and opening a jump ring with pliers
Plastic canvas star and an open jump ring with pliers

Next, use your pliers to open up a jump ring for each of your stars.

Threading a jump ring through a plastic canvas star
Jump rings threaded through the back of eight plastic canvas stars

Loop the jump ring into the center of your star. Repeat for all your stars.

Sliding a light cover onto a Christmas light
Clamping a jump ring around a Christmas light using pliers
Star DIY Christmas light cover

Slide a star onto each of your lights, and gently press the ring together with the pliers. I squeezed mine as snugly as I could and had no worries about breaking the bulbs. Add on as many stars as you like in as many sizes as you’d like, and you’re done!

Making a Christmas light cover out of plastic canvas
Learn how to make Christmas light covers

These Christmas light covers are a perfect craft to do while watching your favorite holiday movie, and you can get creative with the shapes you use, too. Now go light up your holidays!


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