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Light up your house with an EL wire neon cactus!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1141 projects »
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  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this project we're going to need an EL wire, which you can find online for around £5 and a plant pot.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using the plant pot to get the scale, sketch out the shape you'd like the cactus to be on a piece of paper. Also, draw around the top of the plant pot.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cover the paper with a clear acrylic sheet, securing in place with some double sided sticky tape.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out the cactus shape from the acrylic, leaving a wide rectangle at the base.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place inside the plant pot, trimming either side of the rectangle until the cactus fits snuggly.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out the circle shape and sketch a slot to the length of the cactus base onto it.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut this out.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 8
    Step 8

    Slip the cactus through the circle and place to one side.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 9
    Step 9

    Take the green wire and wrap it around the length of the EL Wire every few centimetres.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 10
    Step 10

    Make sure to wrap it enough to make the wire stiff but bendable.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 11
    Step 11

    Once done. Place the battery pack for the wire in the base of the plant pot.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 12
    Step 12

    Slip the wire through the slit in the circle and place the cactus on top.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pierce small holes through the acrylic cactus with an awl.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 14
    Step 14

    Use wire to secure the EL Wire in place.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 15
    Step 15

    Slip the other end of the wire down through the plastic circle into the pot. Pop some batteries into the battery pack and test out your light.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 16
    Step 16

    Tape the battery pack to the bottom of the acrylic circle and punch a hole in plastic so that you can push the button.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 17
    Step 17

    Refit the base cactus in place making sure it's sitting upright.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 18
    Step 18

    Fill the base of the flower pot with pebbles or glass marbles to hide the battery pack.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 19
    Step 19

    You're all finished.

  • How to make a decorative light. Neon Cactus - Step 20
    Step 20

    Turn out the lights and be amazed with your neon!

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