Make Your Own: Lighted Raggamuffin Garland
January 11, 2011 By 53 Comments
Raggamuffin garlands are something near and dear to my shabby loving heart. I’ve made a couple before, but this one… ah she’s special! Wanna make one? Hope you have lots of time on your hands
Start with fabric. I like to mix different colors and textures, oh and use what I have in my scrap pile. I’m not gonna buy fabric just to rip up!
You’ll need ribbon, a spool of each different kind, or lots of left overs from Christmas will do.
And, you’ll need a set of LED lights – they don’t get hot like traditional lights.
I found mine on clearance at Walmart for about $2.
Ready? Ok – rip your fabric into strips, maybe 8 or 10 inches long, 1 or 2 inches wide. Varying the widths make it more interesting, but if the fabric is thick (like ticking), then the thin strips are easier to tie. I cut my ribbon as I go, but you could precut that as well.
Fold your lights in half. Or don’t. I liked the length of them folded in half – plus you get more lights per foot that way. It’s totally up to you. (Although leaving them single means twice the tying…. I’m just sayin’.)
Tie the fabric around the folded lights. I double knotted the strips to be sure it wouldn’t come untied.
Alternating fabrics, and adding in a little ribbon here and there. There’s no specific recipe – just do what you like.
After a while, it was hard to tell what was done and which pieces were waiting.
Hours, and hours, and hours, and hours, and hours later, it looks like this! Well worth all the time I spent.
I tied on a few of my starfish ornaments - to make it even cuter!
The perfect way to spend a snow day