I am not sure what it is but this year I have fallen in LOVE with flannel! So far I’ve not spotted a flannel fabric that I haven’t absolutely adored.
When I shared with you the flannel maxi skirt I made for my daughter I realized I was going to have a considerable amount of fabric left over. I went to work on Pinterest trying to figure out something I could make. Isn’t Pinterest the Google for all makers?? I was inspired when I saw someone making a burlap garland. I loved the rustic look of the burlap but having the flannel on hand I knew this would still be “farmhouse” enough for my style.
I was out running errands with the family when I ran into walmart and snagged a box of lights for this project. I paid less than 3 dollars but you could easily find a strand at the dollar store or even a thrift store for cheaper if you are having to get some fabric for this.
Save money where you can!
HERE IS WHAT I USED:
- strand of lights
- flannel fabric (leftover from previous project)
I started by laying everything out and deciding how thick I wanted my strips to be. I then cut long strands which I would trim down to the right length.
This was not a perfect measurement I really just eye-balled the width. They are a little larger than an inch. Now for the length they were about 5 – 6 inches long.
I would say make them as thick and as long or short as you would like. A lot of it depends too on your fabric choice. Flannel in some ways is a little more stiff because of the thickness. But if you were using a more shiny, thin fabric a thicker width would be better at keeping the ties “fluffy” looking.
To attach each of the strips I simply tied them on with one knot. Because of my length a double not would have made the tail parts way too short. Again this is your call to make especially if you go longer on your strips.
I tied on enough strips to fill my light strand. I couldn’t tell you exactly how many strips I tied but it was quite a few.
The good thing about this little DIY is it is easy enough for a child to help you do! If they aren’t old enough to use scissors on their own they could very easily help you tie on the strips. This would save lots of time! My kiddos were asleep when I made mine LOL
I really love how it turned out!
This is one of my favorite parts of this time of year…the DECORATING!!! I’m trying something new by making as much as I can of all our decor as well as the majority of the presents. I know I might not accomplish that goal but it’s definitely one I’m shooting for.
I also love how this project can be used in many different ways. Here are a few ideas…
- lighted garland for the Christmas tree
- decor for the top of a bookshelf
- placing around a full-length mirror
- draping it along a headboard
As always I want to encourage you to make all the things you love and fill your home with them. There is nothing like making something and either your kids or spouse notice your work and it just makes your heart flutter!
Not to mention when you make something for someone as a gift and they truly love it!
I know many believe themselves not to be “crafty” but I firmly believe with the right attitude and a willingness to TRY, you will surprise yourself with what things you can create. Maybe you have a hidden craft talent you yourself didn’t even know about. Wouldn’t that be a fun discovery?
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