DIY Christmas Lights Garland

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The kids are going to love this DIY Christmas lights garland!  They can create it using their favorite colors and get to upcycle by using toilet paper or paper towel rolls.  What I like the most is you can easily add on to the garland and each kid can make their own customized versions.

DIY Christmas Lights Garland

DIY Christmas Lights Garland

This would be a fun craft is great for kids of all ages, and adults too!  Time to get crafting.

DIY Christmas Lights Garland supplies

The supply list:

  • 3 toilet paper rolls
  • cellophane (we used yellow, red, blue and green)
  • white paint
  • paint brush
  • hot glue
  • a pair of scissors
  • white glue
  • crochet thread
  • a paint brush
  • a cereal box or other cardboard of similar thickness

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 1

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 2

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 3

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.

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 4

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 5

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.

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 6

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 7

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 8

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 9

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 10

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

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 11

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.

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 12

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.

DIY Christmas Lights Garland step 13

Step 13:   Tada!  Done!  Your modern Christmas lights garland is ready for hanging and display in your walls!

 

You can add length to the garland based on your needs.  This looks really cute displayed around tables, up the stair rail and even in the windows.  Start hanging your DIY Christmas lights garland!

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