Friday, May 3, 2013

Cinco de Mayo DIY Cup Lights!

I am all about celebrating the little holidays around here. I mean, I don't go all crazy and decorate every room in math symbols and nerd glasses for Pi Day, but I will throw together a couple crafts in the name of DIY. Cinco de Mayo seems like an important enough holiday to commemorate. It feels like a holiday that brings us together. In the spirit of celebrating Mexican heritage in America we come together for tacos and drinks (like sprite and lemonade, of course), which seems like an important thing to do. While pulling out the glue gun for Groundhog Day is necessary, I have yet to perfect the art of freezing time and therefor have to limit some of my crafting to the simple and super quick. So here is my little Cinco de Mayo 10 minute craft. It literally takes 10 to 30 minutes so you will have it done in plenty of time to enjoy margaritas kool aid and some guacamole this 5th of May!


- Styrofoam cups
- Light strand
- Paint
- Glue
- Glitter (of course...I just can't call a craft done until I add excessive amounts of glitter)


1| Paint those cups! You can pick any variety of colors you want and paint as many cups as you want (so long as there are enough lights on you strand for all of them). Easy peasy.


2| Dip the top rim of you painted cups in white craft glue. Make sure the whole rim is covered in glue in insure complete glitter coverage (critical to the success of your craft). 

3| Dip the cup in glitter, hey! Dip the cup in glitter, hey! Dip the cup in glitter, hey! (must sing those words like you are doing a conga line-this is a party after all)

4| Cut a hole in the bottom of your cup and stick it on a light strand. Then enjoy!

 And I paticularly loved they way they lit up the night :)


  1. Super cute idea!

    And it is possible to make a margarita without booze.
    •2 oz. lemon-lime soda
    • 3 oz. sweet and sour mix
    • 1 tsp. coarse salt
    • Ice
    • Lime wedge
    1. Pour the coarse salt onto a plate or saucer.
    2. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the lime wedge. Dip the glass into the salt until it coats the rim.
    3. Fill a margarita glass with ice and pour in the lemon-lime soda, sweet and sour mix and lime juice.
    4. Garnish with the lime.

    You wont get a buzz, but it tastes about the same :)

    1. Wow granny I'm impressed! (A chocolate shake sounds better though :) )

  2. PS, it's an acquired taste. Sorry everyone, I don't like them either way.
    But I love the hanging cup lights! I'm thinking that would work for almost anything!

  3. What a GREAT diy! Love it!! Cute blog, following on Bloglovin

    Ali of

    1. Why thank you Ali! I will check out your blog as well. Welcome to A Ruffled Life!

  4. I loved this idea so much it's something I am now going to do for my wedding. Thank you for sharing. I have added your button to my blog. I was lucky to find you through the Speak Now Link Up xxx

    1. Hannah! I would be flattered if you did something similar for your wedding! Let me know how it goes!

  5. This is so beautiful!! How cute! I need to have a backyard bbq now.

    Love, Richelle from Lynn + Lou

    1. Thanks Richelle!
      Take some pictures of it so I can see!


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