Halloween Party Lights

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I say Halloween but really these can be made for any occasion or no occasion at all!

First you will need to print your pattern. If you try to print it from the web it will not print the right size. So you will need to save it to your computer. If you are running windows do this by right clicking on the picture of the pattern. A box will pop up with a list of options. Choose "save picture as". Now another box will pop up. Choose where you would like the picture to be saved and make a note of where you put it so you can find it when you have a program open that you can print it with. My documents or My Pictures is a good place to save your pattern to. Once you have chosen the location click "save".
Any photo program will work to open and print the pattern. Open your photo program then look for the icon to open a picture file you saved from the tool bar of that program. If you don't have any photo program you can use "mspaint". This use to be under "Accessories" on your start menu but the new computers don't have it in the accessories anymore. It is still on your computer though and you can still use it. To find "mspaint" on your computer begin at your computers start button. When the menu pops up look for search. Once you have search open click on the arrow that says "All files and folders" type "paint' in the box, click on the search button. A list of files will form in the white area to the right of the search box you are looking at. Find "mspaint" on the list and click on it. Windows paint will open and you can open the file and print your pattern. Under "File" then "Open" look for where you have stored the picture of your pattern. Once the image is on your screen just click on the Print icon choose the "fit to page" option on the printer options menu.
Now that you have your pattern printed you can use a repositionable glue stick to make a giant post it note. Because the party lights are made of velum you would not want to use a repositionable glue stick directly on the pattern as you do in all my other workshops. Place glue around the edges of the pattern sheet, the part that is going to be cut away. Stick it to a scrap piece of paper to remove any excess glue. Stick it to your sheet of velum making sure not to get any glue on the part of the pattern that will become the light cover. Score all the fold lines and cut out the pattern. Remember when your cutting it out that the pattern is not glued to the velum just around it. You will have to carefully hold the velum to the pattern until it is completely cut out. The velum should just fall away from the pattern when completed. I held the pattern against the velum as I folded the scored lines too. It made it easier to see. Make sure to cut the x in the circle. This is where you will push it onto the light strand.

I laid a sheet of paper on each side of the triangle to mask it off. Stamp as each one desired, you can do all of them the same or make each one different as I did. Gather a few strands of curly ribbon to match your lights and tie a knot in the end. Slightly cut the point of the tri off for the strands of ribbon to hang through. Then I used 1/4 inch double sided velum tape to assemble the light.

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