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I hope that everyone is having a pleasant and not exhausting week. We can’t say the same. My toddler, Addi, ate a bite out of a Christmas ornament the other night. He’s ok, like completely ok, but man was it an ordeal. We spent almost the whole night in the Emergency Room and didn’t get to bed before 4 in the morning.
So now my Christmas decorations fill me with joy and anxiety…and we have a naked tree that will most likely remain that way.
But on a positive note, I have a good reason to get very creative and out of the norm with my Christmas decorating now.
So, I wanted to show y’all my Tulle Garland that I made a few years ago (I better show it to you now before Addi tries to eat it and it has to be put away too).
This garland was all the rage on Pinterest five or so years ago. This is actually the second one that I have made, and I still love it. It’s probably my favorite decoration.
It’s super easy to make, but can be a little time consuming. You might want to get started now before the holiday rush carries you away.
I do also want to mention its longevity here. This is the fourth year that I have used it and I think that I’ll get at least a few more, but my first one started to look a little rough on it’s third year. The reason it starts to lose its beautiful elegance is because it sits in a box for most of the year and the tulle gets wrinkled. The second one i made had a lot more tulle and seems to be holding up better. Plus, I’m sure someone smarter than me can figure out how to pack it better and keep it looking fresh.
I talk about its longevity and share some tips in the video above, and you can see it better than the photos. It’s so hard to capture Christmas lights.
Ok so here’s the steps…
Supplies and links:
A string of Christmas lights
Here are the products that I either used, or were the closest to what I used.
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Step 1: Get a set of Christmas lights. It’s probably a good idea to guesstimate where your garland is going to end up, so that you can buy long enough lights.
Step 2: Cut strips of tulle to your desired length. Just halve the strip and that will give you an idea of how long it’s going to be. I would usually save one of the strips so that I could use it to measure to others.
Also, something that I never tried, but seems like it would make it go faster… get a piece of cardboard that is the desired length of your strips and wrap the tulle around it. Then, you’ve just got to cut it at the top and bottom, and voila.
Step 3: Tie the tulle around the Christmas lights. It’s ok if the tulle faces all one way. It’s easier to make that way. The more tulle you use, the denser it is, the fluffier your garland will look. When you have placed it in its new home you can fluff it up.
Step 4: This is optional. Tie some ornaments on or add an extra string of lights. Sometimes, I would add random sparkly things to it. I have these big glitter snowflakes that I would “sprinkle” on it.
That’s it. Go put your Tulle Garland where you want it and plug it in! Prepare to be mesmerized! It looks stunning at night, especially if there are multiple strings of lights wrapped around it
I also think that this is a great idea for a kid’s room.
I would love to leave mine up year-round.
Can you think of anything else would look nice added on? Or a more efficient way of storing it (better than a cardboard box)?
Please let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram with #artgamy, or #artgamygarland.
It doesn’t just have to be this garland either. I would love to see any kind of creative garland that you’ve made. I can use all the holiday cheer I can get.
I know I keep slapping pictures, sometimes even not so great pictures, of my kids, but I can’t help myself. Especially, this time of year. They were just so little and cute there. It’s crazy how fast time goes by.
I mean, the garland is in all the pictures, so technically it’s relevant right?