Make Your Own: Lighted Raggamuffin Garland

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 :)
About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Love the colors and the softness, Gina. Definitely a fun way to spend a snow day!

  2. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing. I will be sur eto hold on to all those small pieced of fabric I have been wonderfing what to do with.

  3. I love that! Hmmm… I wonder if I can still find clearance Christmas lights anywhere…

  4. That is a good way to spend a snow day. It’s supposed to snow here on Wednesday. Maybe I will try that project with my kids.

  5. What a cute idea. I think one would look great in my booth.


  6. This is darling!

  7. Thanks for sharing this…very good idea!!!

  8. This is such a great idea!

  9. Oh I love this idea so much! I totally want to make one of these for my craft room or guest room. So fabulous!

  10. I just love that sweet little garland, so beachy and so cute!!

  11. Gina, I am crazy for this. How fun! I’m putting a garden gate on my wall in the new studio. It might be fun to give it a lighted garland. You are so clever. Thanks for sharing. Stay warm!

  12. OMG!! This is awesome!! :) GREAT JOB my friend!! :)

  13. This is adorable and I love what you named it. :)

  14. Gina! That is STUNNING! I love it! I am really hoping that I can find some lights in clearance now! You have isnpired me!!

  15. This is so adorable! I love it! Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be making one!

  16. That is fabulous!

  17. Very cute! I made a rag garland one Christmas by tying fabric strips to a thick rope and twined it with greenery garland up my stairs.

  18. Looks Great. I’m always looking for ways to add lighting to the shop. This would be perfect!

  19. Simply adorable! Am going to have to gather up all my scraps and have a go at this project this winter!

  20. So cute… and I LOVE the color combo!!

  21. Such a pretty winter look, Gina! I love it. :)

  22. loving the colors! I love that you put lights in it, very fun!

  23. Gina, I love it, it looks great, what a creative idea


  24. I need to make me one! So pretty. Great job!

  25. So cute! Love your garland! This is definitely on my list to try… very long and growing list! Thanks for sharing such a sweet idea! Blessings!

  26. Super cute Gina…love the color scheme…my favorite too! ~Deb~

  27. Oh I really like this garland. I am definately going to do one for next Christmas.

  28. When you said “rag-a-muffin” I didn’t know what you were talking about…but I’m glad I read further! Very cute! One of these days when I have a lot of time on my hands, I’ll give it a try:)

  29. Wow! What a beautiful idea! I love the colors. Where shall I put one of these?!

  30. Fantastic garland, Gina!

  31. That is super cute! What a great idea to do it on lights! I made one (sans lights) for Indy’s room a few years ago and good golly did that take a lot of time. After seeing your lighted version though, I may have to make another. I love your color choices.

  32. I love it! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  33. Hi Gina, I think it’s lovely. Would make a nice “stand in headboard” also for bedroom. Love the Beachy vibe with the starfish. xoxo tami

  34. Gina, that is absolutely gorgeous!!! :)

  35. Gina this is so cute!
    I LOVE the colors!!!

  36. Wowser is this ever gorgeous! I so perfect that it is a year round lit garland. I always get a bit upset when our Christmas garland comes down :0)

  37. Hi lovely lady.
    You know how much I love Vintage look and you mix it with star fish just perfect !!
    I don’t know if I can get the 60 Christmas Lights anywhere now ? All your crats are so BEAUTIFUL sweet lady. I HOPE you have a nice day.

  38. Gina ~ what a darling idea! I’ve never heard of a ragamuffin garland, but this is SWEET!!! Saving this one for a snowy day…. :)

    xoxo laurie

  39. So so cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing :)

  40. Love the garland! That would look precious in a nursery too!

  41. That is adorable!! I’m thinking I’ll do mine in various toilles. Thanks for sharing! Vanna

  42. You are so smart and clever! I love this! Thanks for sharing.

  43. This is wonderfully unusual. I wonder if it would work as a garland above a doorway? I have taken down my Christmas yoyo garland and I think this would be perfect and with the lights!! Great.

  44. I love this! The way you have it draped on the wall reminds me of angel wings. Very pretty!

  45. Gorgeous! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter:)

  46. really cute, love the addition of lights

  47. Love the lights…can’t wait to see the table!

  48. This is just way too cute! I absolutely love it!

  49. Extraordinary work Gina! Wow I would have never thought of doing such a great thing with fabric strips. Awesome.

  50. Gina,
    Gorgeous! :)
    happy crafting!

  51. LOVE it!

  52. Sei bravissima!!!!!!!

  53. Janette Findlay says:

    Oh Gina, you are my kind of crafter – with me it’s chardonnay!

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