How to Make a Modern Christmas Lights Garland

A garland is a decorative cord that is used to decorate during the Christmas season. It varies in shape, size, length and the material used.  The original garlands are made from leaves and flowers and hung on a Christmas tree or in the linings of the window or the stairs. 

If you are looking for a garland craft project, then this tutorial is a perfect fit!  Though Christmas lights are known to use electricity, this garland will be the eco-friendly alternative to lighted ones.

This garland project will be fun to make since it used recyclable materials.  So start collecting your toilet paper rolls and let us begin making this modern garland!

 Gather all the materials needed in this tutorial:

  • 3 pcs toilet paper roll
  • cellophane (yellow, red, blue and green)
  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • hot glue
  • a pair of scissors
  • white glue
  • crochet thread
  • a paint brush
  • a cereal box

Step 1: Cut the toilet paper roll into several pieces.  The width of this should be at least 1 to 2 centimeters.

Step 2: Paint roll strips with white paint.  Let it dry and set aside for a while.

Step 3: Cut several squares from the cellophane.  The colors should be random as much as possible.  The size of the cellophane should be approximate of the diameter of the toilet paper roll.

Step 4: Pinch each roll on both sides.  This would create an eye-shaped object.  This will be the bulbs of this Christmas light.

Step 5: Apply generous amounts of glue on the edge of the roll.  This should be done on one side only and not on both sides.

Step 6: Stretch the cellophane and slowly put the cellophane on top of the glued portion of the roll.

Step 7:  Let the cellophane bind with the roll for about an hour.

Step 8:  Cut the excess cellophane on the sides of the roll bulb.

Step 9:  Cut small rectangles that can fit on the diameter of the bulbs.

Step 10: Paint the squares with white acrylic paint.  Let it dry for an hour.

Step 11:  Place the rectangle on the upper thirds of the bulb.  This will be the base of the bulb or the socket of the bulb.

Step 12:  Hot glue the sockets on the crochet thread.  The crochet thread would serve as the wire of the Christmas lights.  Take note of the proper spacing in between bulbs for the perfect look.

Step 13: Tada!  Done!  Your modern Christmas lights garland is ready for hanging on your Christmas tree or in your window.

You can add some length to the garland based on your needs.  This can also be displayed to line of your tables, stairs or even on the porch.  This is a modern and eco-friendly way of having Christmas lights in your home.  So what are you waiting for!?! Start hanging those modern garlands!  Happy holidays!

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