Saturday, January 14, 2012

Garland/Banner with Lights

Happy Saturday everyone!! This is how I made my garland/banner, it is super EASY, and NO sewing required! {This post is brought to you by the girl who can't sew on a button. Seriously!}
My lights were left over from Christmas and I bought my material from JoAnn's.  I'm just in love with this material, the color and pattern.  I'm trying to figure out how else to use my leftover material!  The black material is actually an old shirt of mine that was heading to Goodwill.  I cut the black material into strips, but I just ripped the other fabric into strips so it would fray.

I tied the strips of fabric directly onto the string of lights.  It took me a good hour {okay, a couple of hours because I would get bored and take a break!}

All finished with garland.  So pretty with the lights!  I think I may do this next Christmas!  I've made this type of garland before, except it was on twine and I also added bells for our tree, but I'm loving the lights!

On to the banners!  I cut out two different sizes of triangles and laid them out in the order I wanted them to be on the banner.  See that poor, dirty glue gun?  That's my BFF.  I hot glued the smaller triangles onto the muslin triangles {just the corners} and then I used turquiose ric-rac, cream pom poms and black ribbon to embellish the banner.  This part took me about 20 minutes.

I then glued the banner to cheap twine/string.

I attached the banner by using left over strips of fabric to tie the banner to the lights {about every fourth banner}.  I love it!

It would be so cute at an evening get together hung outside or a sweet little vintage birthday party.

My triangles aren't perfect and I didn't iron the material before cutting...I think it adds to it's shabby charm.

Will you try making a garland like this?  So many different possibilities!  I think I'll make one with lights and fabric tassels!!!  I'm off to find the perfect material......

Linking here:
Sweet little Gals
Sisters of the Wild West
I Heart Naptime
The Tattered Tag
Making the World Cuter
DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Be Different...Act Normal
Young and Crafty
Too Much Time On My Hands
Funky Junk Interiors
The Charm of Home
Blissful and Domestic
At The Picket Fence
Stuff and Nonsense
Common Ground
Polly Want A Crafter?
Making The World Cuter


  1. I thought I was your BFF!! LOL How much are you selling that for?

    1. As far as objects go, the glue gun is my BFF, but you are my human BFF!! LOL However, once I remember to buy rechargable batteries for my CORDLESS glue gun, things may change! JK :) I'm going to list it at $25!

  2. I LOVE what you did with the lights! I also love how it gives your banner/garland so much more depth. great job.

  3. This is fabulous! Thank you for sharing this lovely project at Potpourri Friday!

  4. This is adorable! I saw this fabric at JoAnns and was trying to think of something to use it for. I love this--I definately want to do something like this. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a wonderful idea! I LOVE the way this turned out.

  6. This is so cute!!!! Im a new follower... Come check me out at

    Thanks! ~ Katie

  7. Thank you Katie! Visited your blog and now I'm your new follower! I think we share a love of mustaches! LOL

  8. This is a great idea- do you have any photos with it lit up?

    Visiting from DIY Home Sweet Home linky party and thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

    1. I only the have the one at the top of it lit up where you can actually see the lights. The outdoor pics were taken with the lights on, but they are hard to see :/ Thanks for visiting my little blog!

  9. I love your non-valentine color scheme... love the banner!!!

    1. Thank you Katie! I decided to use non-traditional colors this year and I love it!

  10. This is an adorable project! Thank you for sharing your lovely artwork at Potpourri Friday!

    1. Thank you! And thank you for hosting a weekly linky party!

  11. This is absolutely Adorable!! Hoping you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party!!

  12. Hi Libby! You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

  13. Hi! I saw this post as a result of it being featured at Honey's "Potpurri Friday " party. Your garland is just adorable. Thanks for sharing with us how you made it. I am following you now.

  14. Libby, How darling I really love your lit banner!

    I hope you will join my Valentine's Giveaway!
    Art by Karena


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