A lighted DIY Valentine Garland is a fun way to jazz up your surroundings with Valentine’s Day on the horizon. It’s a neat little project that adds a cozy vibe to your home while celebrating the love-filled occasion. This guide breaks down the steps to craft, personalize, and illuminate your garland. It’s so easy to make!
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What You’ll Need
- Fabric – You’ll need approximately ½ yard of fabric for each pattern you choose. Choose a combination of colors and designs—whatever pleases your eye.
- White lights – 100-count clear mini light strand.
- Clear push pins – for hanging purposes (or feel free to use your preferred method, such as adhesive hooks, decorative clips, or ribbons.)
How to Make a DIY Valentine Garland
Step 1: Decide on the fabric. Choose a combination of colors and designs, and go with whatever is pleasing to your eye. I chose four different fabrics, but you could do more, depending on your taste. I purchased a yard of each of my four fabrics, but I think I could have gotten away with ½ yard.
Pro Tip: If you can find material with no wrong side, it’ll make things even easier, but it’s not essential. I couldn’t find any at my fabric store.
Step 2: Cut the fabric into 2-inch x 9-inch strips. The quantity required will depend on the number of fabrics chosen and the length of the light string.
Step 3: Lay out your string of lights. I had a decorative light strand with crystals, which I decided to use, but any 100-count clear mini light strand will work perfectly.
Note: I can’t remember where I got my lighted crystal garland, but this one is similar.
Step 4: Tie fabric strips around the light string in single knots. Repeat to fill the entire light string, but let the bulbs peek through the fabric twists.
You can alternate in a pattern (like I did) or be willy-nilly about it. If using fabric with a wrong side, you might need to manipulate the fabric slightly so the right side shows more.
Step 5: Congrats; your DIY Valentine garland is ready for show! I put clear push pins into my mantel and looped the light string around them to hold it in place. It worked perfectly!
At night, plug in the lights to enjoy the gentle glow of your homemade Valentine’s Day garland.
- Fabric Selection: Consider the fabric’s texture and weight. Lightweight fabrics are easier to manipulate when tying around the light string.
- Fabric Quantity: I provided the estimated amount of fabric needed based on my experience. You may need more or less based on the length of the light string and how many different fabrics you use.
- Safety Reminder: Prioritize safety when handling lights, and ensure the lights are in good condition and the electrical outlets are suitable and safely positioned.
- Alternative Hanging Methods: Apart from clear push pins, you can use other hanging methods like adhesive hooks, decorative clips, or ribbons.
- Fabric Manipulation: Twist the fabric strips to ensure the right side shows more prominently if using fabrics with a wrong side.
- Personalize It: Feel free to embellish the garland further by adding beads, ribbons, or other decorative elements between the fabric strips for a personalized touch. Also, this DIY project can easily be adapted for other occasions by choosing different themed fabrics or colors suitable for various celebrations or seasons.
- Storage: To preserve the garland’s appearance, store it in a cool, dry place, preferably in a box or bag to prevent tangling or damage to the fabric strips.
It’s so easy to make!
Valentine Garland DIY Project FAQ’s
Absolutely! Experiment with various fabrics like cotton, satin, felt, or even lace to achieve different textures and looks. You can also vary the length of the fabric strips if you’d like.
The time required can vary based on your crafting speed and the number of fabric strips needed. The most time-consuming part is cutting out the strips. Tying the knots goes quickly.
Yes, you can create a similar garland without lights. Fasten the fabric strips to a length of twine or rope instead.
If you can’t find fabric without a wrong side, don’t worry! (I couldn’t find it either.) You can manipulate the fabric slightly while tying it to ensure the right side shows more prominently.
Adjust the length of the fabric strips accordingly. For a longer garland, cut more strips; for a shorter one, reduce the number of strips used.