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If you don’t already, you should subscribe to the Martha Stewart Daily Craft email list- I get neat little projects sent to my inbox every day. Martha is a wealth of information, inspiration and fun for any DIY bride. Friday, the daily project was these Paper Lantern ‘topiaries’- how awesome are these things? They could really add alot of extra light to a reception- how COOL would these things look framing off your dining area? I love them! Here’s the directions from Martha!

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“Geometric “topiaries” inspired by the paper sculptures of Isamu Noguchi stand on both sides of this swimming pool. A few white plastic beach balls tied to weighted lines float in the pool like pearls cut loose from a giant strand (for safety, never cover the surface of a pool with a large number of balls).
 
Light Columns How-To
1. Purchase a bamboo stick or dowel that’s 6 feet long and 1 inch in diameter. Drive the pole deep into the ground until it’s solidly anchored. Run a 50-bulb string of lights up one side of the pole and down the other, securing it with masking tape.
 
2. Stack Paper Lanterns (ours were 14 inches in diameter) over the stick. Secure the lanterns to each other with tape. Note: If you intend to place these fixtures by a swimming pool, it is imperative that you plug the lights into GFCI outlets and use extension cords approved for outdoor use.”
 

Has anyone tried this? I’m seriously thinking about it!

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • Guilty Secret
    • August 31st, 2008

    They look fantastic and the instructions appear simple. I’d love to see how yours turn out if you go for it!

    • The Pissed Off Bride
    • September 1st, 2008

    I did not know that she did a daily craft email. Thanks for sharing. I do agree that these are very cool.

  1. I get the craft-a-day email, and I LOVE it :)

    • kay*
    • September 3rd, 2008

    love this idea – and it would be very affordable to do. totally putting this in my inspiration file. thanks!

    • garnet
    • September 7th, 2008

    fri you died and made peral neclaces. i would like to die some real bone made into perl shap but i can’t fine the instrucktions. garnet kam

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