These Christmas themed lighted figures are very easy to make. It’s the easiest project that we have made so far. You only have to drill one hole in the back of the figurine, near the bottom. If you’re using regular incandescent lights instead of LED lights we recommend drilling a second hole higher up on the back of the figure for additional ventilation. Regular incandescent lights put out a lot of heat.
We found a matching pair of glass snowman at a local thrift store. You could use any holiday themed figures; Santa Claus, snowman, Christmas tree, reindeer, etc. Our measured about 9” tall and we were able to fit 35 and 50 count light strands inside the snowmen figures.
Drill a 1/2”, 5/8” or 3/4” hole in the back of your glass figure, near the bottom. We chose 5/8”. A diamond core bit works best. You’ll need a hole large enough for the lights to fit through easily. Usually the smallest hole you can use is ½”. Even then the lights are a tight fit. We prefer to use a slightly larger hole, either 5/8” or ¾”.
When drilling with small diamond core bits remember to:
Use a slow drill speed of 500-800 RPM
Use light drill pressure
Keep the drill bit and the glass wet
When you order your diamond core bits, you’ll receive a copy of “How To Drill Glass” with your order.
Insert your string of holiday lights inside the glass figure until just the “tail” of the light string extends out of the figure. We used a string of 50 lights. A smaller or larger figure would accommodate a longer or shorter light string.
We made one with white/clear lights and another with multicolored lights. Both looked nice it's just a matter of personal preference. The one with the white lights is more traditional looking. Small children seemed to prefer the one with multicolored lights.
That’s it. The snowman was already decorated. So this project was just adding a strand of lights. The lights were on sale for $2.48. The glass figures were only $1.71 at the thrift store so the cost of each completed project was $4.19 each.
Place it on a table, nightstand or counter. Plug it in
If you decide to make this craft, please send us a picture. We would like to display our customer’s work on Pinterest, Facebook, etc. We always give credit to the artist/crafter.
We used the 5/8" diamond core bit for this project. Remember to use the coupon savings code "15" at checkout to receive $15 off of any order of $50 or more.
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Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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