Funny side story: I had a hard time titling this post. In my head, “lit” burlap garland flowed off the tongue much better than Lighted Burlap Garland. However, I know that lighted can also be used. I even asked my teacher friend, Sarah at Becoming Martha, who was no help! LOL Had to use the power of the Internet to find my answer! (Turns out there is something called Google that is a wealth of information!) “Lit” is if you are using it as a verb. “Lighted” is when you are using it as an adjective. English lesson = done. You can thank me later.
I love Christmas lights! One of the first things I ever pinned was a post about wrapping ribbon around the wire part of the light string to spruce it up a bit. Since I am going with a rustic Christmas theme this year, I decided to use burlap to create this Lighted Burlap Garland.
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Materials needed to create your own Lighted Burlap Garland
Here’s what you need:
White mini lights
I cut the burlap into 8-10 inch pieces. Then I cut those pieces down the vertically down the middle. Otherwise, the ribbon is too wide and looks wonky when tied in a knot on the lights.
Choose a pattern in the order you want the colors to show. Start tying those burlap strips around the wire. I tied once. You can double knot if you wish but you will need to cut longer strips than the 8-10 inches I allowed for this tutorial.
Now, throw a good movie on or Netflix and get comfy.
Repeat. Over. And. Over.
I sat down and watched Rio with Reed while tying the burlap to the light string. I gotta tell you. It turned out way better than it did in my head! I love how it looks against my mantel decorations!
Isn’t it pretty?
Update 2016: Before everyone freaks out about using mini lights and garland, I have had this same strand of lighted burlap garland for three years. I have used it pretty much non-stop during each holiday season. The burlap does not become warm and ignite on fire.
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I also created a version for 4th of July using denim and burlap!! I love how this Denim and Burlap Lighted Garland turned out too!