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.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Plastic Canvas Sheets — I used 14 mesh, which is smaller than most plastic canvas, and you can find it at your local craft store
- 8mm Jump Rings
- Jewelry Pliers
- Star Stencil — I used this one from Fiskars (from my early scrapbooking days), but any stencil will do
- Washable Marker
And don’t forget your Christmas lights, of course.
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).
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!