This lighted rag garland is fun on a mantel, in a playroom, or draped over a loft bed like I did for my daughter’s room.
It is painfully easy to make – no special crafting superpowers needed. PHEW!
My friend Heather had a craft day at her house some weeks ago and we all made one of these. It was fun to see all the different garlands in the end.
- Strand of light or just jute rope
- 1/3 yard of 8 different fabrics – I used the Country Solids and the Symphony Broadcloth at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in the colors I liked
Note: the Broadcloth has more fray so be prepared to cut loose threads. The Country Solids rip nicely and was my favorite to work with but it is a little more expensive
How To Make the Lighted Rag Garland Step-By-Step
Step 1 – Cut the fabric
Start by cutting 1/2” snips along the short edge of your fabric.
The snip allows you to rip 1/2” wide fabric widths giving it a nice frayed edge.
Cut the 45” strips into fourths (roughly 11” or so).
Do that with all your fabric and then separate the colors into different colored piles. It makes it easier for the next step if they are semi-organized.
Step 2 – Attach the Fabric to the Garland
Tie your fabric around your light strand or jute rope.
I tied mine in a knot so it wouldn’t come loose.
Step 3 – Decide how many fabric you want
You can make it as full as you want. I like mine as full as it can get so I tied as many pieces of fabric that would fit between the light bulbs as would fit.
Step 4 – Fabric Colors
Alternate colors until your garland is as long as you want it to be.
Step 5 – Hang the Garland
Hang your garland in place. I tucked the excess cord underneath the mattress and only added bulbs on the garland.
It is so fun in my daughter’s room. I love the ambience at night with the garland all lit up.
To see how fabulous the garland tied into her room’s decor check out the full reveal of my daughter’s bedroom here!