I was in Michael’s not too long ago and saw the beautiful assortment of garland they have for the Holiday season. They had everything you can possibly imagine. The only problem was that 1 of them cost $20. It’s definitely possible to catch a sale, but I didn’t really want to wait. I started searching through the store for the supplies I would need to make my own. I knew I wanted to use the garland on our Christmas tree, however our tree isn’t very big. A lot of the time the garland hides the lights we put on the tree, so why not turn a strand of Christmas lights into the garland!!
Here’s What You Need:
- 1 Strand of Christmas Lights. (I used a 7.5foot Strand of 20 clear mini lights.)
- Scrap material, Burlap, or Ribbon.
I found my burlap ribbon at Micheal’s for 70% off making it about $5 a Roll. For 125 ft. of ribbon, that is a bargain!!
It is wired, but you do not have to use wired ribbon at all! Get creative with your material choice. Think about the theme of your tree, or the over all look you are going for and let your creativity take over. We are going for a more rustic/traditional look on our tree so I picked out Red, Tan, and Plaid as our colors. For my daughter’s Christmas tree, I’m thinking of taking a shabby chic approach to the garland.
First, you’ll need to cut your fabric or ribbon. I cut my ribbon into 8 inch strips.
The ribbon I used is only 1.5inches wide so it took 58 strips of each color (3 different colors) to make my garland.
Next, take your lights out of the box, and plug them in to make sure they work! You’d hate to make your Garland just to find out that you have defective lights. Save your fuses and extra bulbs just incase.
Now sit down with your strips of fabric and turn on the T.V. because the next part is a little time consuming. I watched “Christmas in Graceland” while I tied the ribbon to the lights. Which wasn’t an awful way to spend my time!! <3
It took 9 strips between each of the lights to get the “full” look I wanted. There’s no need to tie it in a knot. I repeated my pattern of colors until I got to the end.
I absolutely love how it turned out, and I think y’all will too!!!
Stay tuned for photos of how the garland looks on our tree!!
If you make garland of your own, send us a picture!! We love seeing how crafty y’all are!!
Happy Crafting~ Lizzy