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DIY Festive Christmas Light Garland

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  • December 12, 2012

Do you ever have those moments when you’re looking at something and all of the sudden, BAM!…you get inspired and know exactly how you can repurpose it? Yeah, I love those moments.

I know it’s going to seem like I’m jumping around, but stick with me. There’s nothing I love more than a house that smells warm and inviting.  And I love a good candle. My only problem is that I usually don’t burn them because I’m afraid of forgetting them and burning our house down (a healthy fear I inherited from my father). So, I prefer to use Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works.  Which brings me back to my original thought.

A while back, I was unscrewing one of the empty bulbs to replace it and a moment of inspiration stuck. They’re shaped exactly like those vintage-y Christmas bulbs! So I’ve been saving them up for this little DIY.

Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll need:

  • empty Wallflower bulbs (or other bulb shaped items)
  • yarn
  • hot glue
  • pipe cleaners
  • ribbon or twine

The first step is to wrap the bulbs in yarn, hot gluing every so often.

I ended up trying two different methods: gluing from the top down and from the bottom up. I found going from the bottom up was a bit easier. However it was still tricky when I got to the top where it rounded out, so I would wrap until I got to that part, and then start a second strand of yarn wrapping from the top and have the two strands meet in the middle, if that makes sense.

Here’s what it looks like when you finish wrapping with yarn:

After the bulb was all wrapped up, I took a pipe cleaner and wrapped it around the top. I used a dot of hot glue every so often to keep the pipe cleaner in place.

I ended up using two pipe cleaners for this part. One to wrap around the larger cap portion, and another to wrap around the smaller cap portion. Then I simply made a little loop with the second pipe cleaner to use for hanging.

Now repeat until you’ve got as many as you want (or until you use all your empty Wallflower bulbs, whichever comes first). I made 7 total. Then I simply strung them on a piece of twine (it’s my favorite go-to..I think I’ve used it for every garland I’ve ever made) and hung them up!

I tied the twine around two nails and hung out just outside of the mirror. The garland actually ended up being kind of heavy since the bulbs are glass, so I was a little leery of actually hanging it on the mirror and having them both come crashing down.

I love it! I also think a bunch of these would look totally adorable just sitting in a bowl or a glass vase. I can think of so many uses for them; you can bet I’ll keep saving them for next year!

I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

Linking up at Shanty 2 Chic

  • Kerry

    Clever Clever!! Good eye!

  • Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    This is soooooo smart and cool. I love those vintage ornaments – my dad used to put them on our house growing up, so many happy memories. Anyhoo, I love your crafty version. But while reminiscent of them, these are also fun and modern.

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY.

  • Ceara

    Love this! I might just have to copy you 😉

  • Abbie@LoveYouSo

    Love love this!!

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