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Learn how to make a fun, easy DIY felt lightbulb garland for Christmas using felt, burlap, twine, and hot glue!
Garlands are one of my all-time favorite types of crafts. They are usually fast, and easy, and make a big difference in the decor of your home.
We have made all kinds of garlands, such as:
- Felt Ball Garland
- Fabric Strip Garland
- Embroidery Floss Tassel Garland
- Ice Cream Cone Garland
- and so many more!
Today, we are going to make a DIY felt lightbulb garland for Christmas, using felt, twine, and burlap!
Inspired by the vintage Christmas light bulbs my grandparents used to use, this garland mixes old and new into a festive, colorful garland for your mantel this holiday season!
Here’s how to make one!
DIY Felt Lightbulb Garland for Christmas
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- Lightbulb template – available FREE in our Resource Library
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Step 2: Cut out lightbulb shapes from felt, using the template in our free resource library.
I needed three lightbulbs of each color, to make my garland.
So first, I cut a strip of felt that was slightly taller than the bulb template.
Then, I folded the felt strip in thirds.
After the felt was folded into thirds, the bulb template fit in the center of it.
You can either trace the template and then cut around your outline, or you can hold the template in place as you cut around it.
I held the template on the felt stack, and carefully cut around the perimeter.
Step 3: Cut burlap strips to fit the neck of the lightbulbs.
The burlap strips should be the same height as the neck of the bulb.
Then, you can trim the strips to fit the width as you glue them on.
Turn the lightbulbs over and trim the burlap from the back if you need to remove any excess.
This lets you easily see the edges of the felt, and remove any extra burlap.
Continue for all of your garland’s lightbulbs.
A note about burlap: it will want to fray when it is handled. Just make sure you use a decent amount of hot glue when you are securing the burlap to the neck of the lightbulbs and you will be ok.
Step 4: String felt Christmas lights onto twine with an embroidery needle.
First, thread thin twine through the eye of a large embroidery needle.
Next, start on the back of one lightbulb, and push the needle and twine through, to the front.
Then, push the needle through to the back again, on the other side of the top of the bulb.
Pull gently, and slide the light across the twine to the desired place.
Repeat for all of the felt lights, in the color order you want.
Step 5: Tie knots in the ends of the twine, and hang up your garland!
You can adjust the spacing as desired by carefully sliding the bulbs along the twine.
You can customize the look of your Christmas light garland with the felt colors you pick.
I opted for bright, fun, vibrant colors.
But you could use muted colors for a more earthy, subdued garland, or experiment with different colors and patterns to make different versions.
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Felt, burlap, and twine come together in a fantastic way with this DIY felt lightbulb garland for Christmas.
It’s very easy to make and can be done by kids as a fun craft for Christmas.
Pick the colors of your choice, and soon you’ll have a beautiful garland ready to take your mantel up a notch this holiday season!
If you try this felt garland, I’d love to see it!