Mini-Light Lanterns

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Slip these little lantern covers over ordinary mini-lights – they’re quick-to-make, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit any occasion!


  • Mini-light strand
  • Pastel vellum, assorted colors


  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Cut 2-1/2”x4” rectangle from paper for each light bulb. Fold in half to measure 1-1/4”x4”. Cut evenly spaced slits, 1/4” to 1/2” apart, along folded edge, stopping 1/8” from open edge (See Fig. 1).


Open rectangle. Use hot glue gun to glue short edges together, forming cylinder.


Cut small strip for handle. Adhere one handle end inside upper lantern edge. Position lantern over light bulb and adhere remaining handle in place.

Other Options

  • Try ultra-thin metal sheets for more durable outdoor lanterns.
  • Seasonal options might include: alternating red and green lanterns; orange pumpkins with green handles and black triangle eyes; red, white, and blue lanterns with streaming ribbons. Get creative!

by Rebecca Ortinau

Ruby Rock-It Carnival Queen Giveaway

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out some products from an Australian company called Ruby Rock-It. In addition to papers and stickers, they have a fantastic variety of embellishments – all sorts of paper and fabric die cuts, pockets, printed cards and stitched paper garlands – that made it hard to decide which to try first.

Ruby Rock-It is sponsoring a giveaway where one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader can win their new Carnival Queen line. I think you will love all of the fun images that are incorporated into these products as much as I do.

Who doesn’t love a carnival or fair? Between all the rides, games, and interesting exhibits, not to mention the seemingly endless variety of tempting things to eat, there is usually something to make everyone happy. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing to do, see, or eat at a carnival by Monday, May 6, 2013. Winners will be announced here on May 7th.

My favorite carnival treat would have to be cotton candy. (We were at a festival in Maine last summer where I tried a version made from maple sugar and it was completely addictive).

I thought it would be fun to use this line to create a party set. These products could easily be adapted to all sorts of parties or showers, and they are versatile enough to be used on baby- or girl-themed projects too. (If you are looking for a similar line with bolder colors, check out the Ruby Rock-It Carnival King collection.)

The embellished picks come in several different varieties and I used them as-is to decorate cupcakes – doesn’t get much easier than that. They would also be adorable on the front of a card or gift bag.

Every single piece in the collection has wonderful detail. The ticket stubs in the background are included in the die-cut pack.

The popcorn bags were really easy to create using double-sided scrapbook papers and a box template. The hardest part was deciding which embellishments to add.

An easy party favor is a cellophane bag filled with candy or other treats and topped with paper. Staple the bag closed, apply double-sided tape to the paper and fold in half over the bag. I used foam adhesive under the die-cut embellishments to add more dimension.

This is a recycled tin that was covered with paper and decorated to become fun gift packaging.

It really doesn’t take long to add a few special touches that can have a big impact on your celebration. Let us know if you give some of these ideas a try.


Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Disclaimer: Please be assured that no cupcakes were wasted in the creation of this blog post.