I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while and I’m so happy that I did. Not only is it super easy to make this magical garland, but it’s incredibly inexpensive, too. All I did was buy a string of lights for $2.88 (LED lights work best) and used scrap fabric that I had lying around, that’s it! It took an evening to make this, so I pre-cut a bundle of three different fabrics, ranging from white to cream – very subtle. I chose to cut my strips 1.5″W x 6″L, but you can make them longer if you’d like. I think any shorter may be difficult to tie, unless you cut them thinner. Say .5″ or 1″ wide.
Then, I sat down with a few per-recorded shows and got to tying. No double knots, just a simple single knot and that’s it!
Every string of lights may be slightly different, but to give you an idea of how many strips to cut, I tied about 4-6 strips between each light. So, count how many spaces are between each bulb and multiply by 5. I used approximately 500 strips on my 22 ft. strand (with 100 spaces between the bulbs). I had a few extra strips, so I went ahead and tied them down the little tail that leads to the plug. I stopped a few inches short of the actual plug, because it makes me nervous to have fabric so close to the outlet. Also, as with all lights, I highly recommend that you don’t leave these plugged in unattended, just in case.
It’s so easy and you can make it while watching a movie or two! I hope you get around to making one of these this year, because if you’re like me and occasionally enjoy a mindless project, while still feeling like you’ve accomplished something, this is for you. It would also make a really fun and inexpensive gift. Happy making!