Light up the holidays with this stunning adaptation of one of the season’s oldest and most treasured icons.
1 24" x 48" piece of clear coroplast (corrugated plastic sign board)
1 3/4" x white shelf edging (8′ length)
1 square dowel (3/8" x 36").
1 35-bulb string of small, white indoor Christmas lights
Assorted ornaments (optional)
1 extension cord
Glue gun with clear glue sticks
File or sandpaper (optional)
Utility scissors (optional)
1. Cut your first triangular side out of the coroplast using a ruler and knife. Make the base of the triangle 8" and the height in the center 15". Align the ‘ribs’ of the sheet so they are horizontal (parallel with the base). Use the first triangle as a template to mark or align your ruler for successive cuts.
2. Cut your piece of dowel into one 16" length and two 8" lengths. Glue the pieces together to form an X shape from above. This will become the base of your light. (See photo 2).
3. Cut four 2′ pieces of the white edging.
4. Mark a line on each piece of edging that is 8" from one end. Cut a V in the side edges so, when bent together, it matches the angle of the bottom corner of your plastic triangles. Use the top angle of one of your triangles to draw the cutting line on each side of the 8" mark (see photo 3). Utility scissors might be easier to use for this step. If accuracy is your thing, use a thin flat file or sandpaper to straighten your cuts by sanding up to your mark.
5. Cut one of your edge pieces in half at the 8" mark, after cutting the V’s.
6. Cut the upper tip off of your triangles, horizontally (parallel with the base). The height of each triangle should now be 14".
7. Pair up two of the triangles and insert the 8" base into the 8" section of one of your edge pieces. Wedge one branch of your wooden base between the triangles, pushing it to the bottom. One of your four sides should be locked in place. Repeat this for the other three sides.
8. Run a bead of hot glue along the inside vertical corner between adjacent triangles to reinforce the shape (see photo 4).
9. Insert the string of lights between the plastic triangles, distributing them
evenly in each side. Start by hanging the male plug out of the corner with the two-section edge. String the lights around in a circle and finish so that the other end of the string (female plug) exits the same corner
(see photo 5). Tip: use a ruler to manipulate the lights inside.
10. Fold the long portion of edging up and fit in the sloping edges of the triangles. Glue the top inside end of the edging to the top edge of the plastic sides. This will hold the edges in place (see photo 6).
11. Decorate to your liking. I suggest an ornament for the top.
12. Plug into the extension cord, enjoy.
Variations: Spray snow, coloured lights, flashing lights, tinsel trim, different coloured coroplast, or string multiple trees together.
Caution: Don’t leave your light unattended. Be sure to turn off at night.