HOW TO PIMP YOUR OLD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The days after the Christmas holidays are always bittersweet aren’t they? I’m usually quite relieved the gorging is over, but always a little bit sad when we take down our tree and decorations. So what if you could turn your christmas tree lights into something else and keep them out all year round? Here’s how I pimped up mine, thanks to my sister in-law Val and her wealth of craft ideas.

Valentina works in a Rudolph Steiner Camphill college and was explaining that with the amount of paintings their students produce, they were looking for creative way to re-use some of them. They eventually came up with these lovely origami flower fairy lights.

They are surprisingly easy to make once you get the hang of it, and quite addictive: you could easily spend an evening making those little beauties in front of the telly! I find it particularly pretty with the Waldorf artwork which is a colourful, abstract watercolour style. But obviously not everyone has a stash of these paintings on hand, so why not make your own design?!

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I don’t know the correct Steiner method so just do it your own way with watercolour paint, make sure it’s on a mid-weight paper and keep it abstract and colourful. You could also get kids to make the paintings if you have some handy? And if painting isn’t your thing, I reckon you can use an array of coloured paper instead, not card, you need to be able to fold it.

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  • Painted artwork
  • Coconut oil
  • Brush
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel

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1. Oil the paintings with a brush. The paper will become translucent and it will also help with the folding. I used coconut oil because I read it doesn’t go rancid… And it smells nice.

2. Cut your paper in equal squares. There are no rules, the bigger the square the larger the flower!

3. Start folding by following the instructions below.

Photography: Neil Vestrini

Video: Emma Scott-Child and Clementine Larvor

Thank you to Valentina for teaching me the method!

 

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