Soften the glow of LED candles with translucent columns arranged in a metal tray, and create a luminous holiday decoration.
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Along both long edges of the plastic ceiling light panel, place marks at 18 inches, 32 inches, and 42 inches from one end to make an 18-inch, 14-inch, and 10-inch column.
You’ll have about 5-3/4 inches of plastic left after making the three cuts, allowing you to lengthen each column by roughly 2 inches if you want a taller arrangement.
Tape a metal straightedge at the first pair of marks and make several passes with the plastic-cutting tool using the point and hooked edge. Place the cut surface along the edge of a table or work surface and snap the plastic.
If you don’t get a clean edge while cutting the first strip, you can always cut the 18-inch piece down to one of the smaller sizes. Then change the marks on the remaining sheet to cut the 18-inch piece using deeper scoring cuts for a cleaner edge.
Adjust the two steel clamps to the same diameter -- enough to allow the ends of the plastic strips to overlap at least 2 inches when rolled up inside the clamps. Gently roll up a plastic strip enough to slip the clamps around the outside.
Mix the epoxy and apply it where the ends of the plastic overlap within the clamps. Pull the plastic tight against the clamps and press the glued areas together. Then attach a spring clip to the top to hold the surfaces together. Add a second spring clip to the bottom. Repeat the previous step and this one to make the other two columns.
Work quickly when gluing. This epoxy has a 5-minute working time after the two parts are mixed. It cures in about an hour.
After the epoxy cures, remove the clamps and clips. Place three LED candles near the center of the metal pan and slide a column over each candle. Add artificial or real greenery with small ornaments of your choice. If you display the decoration outdoors, choose an indoor/outdoor LED candle.