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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 a lot 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). Β  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. Β  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.” Β 

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

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