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Light Up Patriotic Garland

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Get set for the 4th of July with a red, white and blue lit garland. Take a string of lights and add plastic tablecloth strips and decorative mesh and you are good to go! This simple and quick garland is perfect for indoor or outdoor use!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
SUPPLIES:
-Plastic Decorative Mesh (in red, white + blue)
-Patriotic Plastic Tablecloth
-Indoor / Outdoor string of lights
-Scissors
-Fake Flowers (optional)
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 1: Cut Your Mesh and Tablecloth Into Strips
Cut 12" strips out of your decorative mesh with a sharp pair of scissors.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
Cut each strip in half so that it is about 1.5"-2" wide. Repeat this step for all 3 colors.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 2: Cut Your Tablecloth Into Strips
Cut your tablecloth into 12 x 1.5" strips as well, so that they match the length of your mesh pieces. Make sure to cut the same amount of both.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 3: Tie Your Strips Onto Your Lights
Starting with your tablecloth strips, tie a piece in between each light on your string of lights.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
Go through and in a red, white and blue pattern tie a strand of your decorative mesh next to the strands of tablecloth that are already tied to the strand.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 4: Remove the Floral Buds from Their stems
Pull all the flower buds off of your fake flowers. Make sure you have enough to add them in various places throughout your light strand.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 5: Add the Floral Buds
Tie your buds sporadically throughout the strand to give some added texture and sort of a firework effect.
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
STEP 6: Hang It up
Hang your completed patriotic strand where you please and plug it in and enjoy!
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
Here it is all hung up and dressed to impress!
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
And here it is glowing up a red, white, and blue storm!
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor
  • dollar store patriotic garland, crafts, lighting, seasonal holiday decor

Materials I used for this project:

  • Decorative Mesh   (Dollar Tree)
  • Plastic Tablecloth   (Dollar Tree)
  • String of Lights   (Bed Bath & Beyond)
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  • Poppy
    Poppy New River, AZ

    Very well done! I love it!

  • Kristi O'Day Bruner
    Kristi O'Day Bruner Texarkana, AR

    I've done the tying pieces to the strands of lights in the past only to have the lights stop working. I've started to tie the pieces to a piece of twine or light weight/meat string and run a string of lights around it when done. That way if the

  • Sirkku
    Sirkku Finland

    Looks great

  • Connie
    Connie Woodstock, GA

    Love this. I want to make them for my back deck. How do I print the instructions?

  • Nancy
    Nancy Bogalusa, LA

    True AMERICA🇺🇸🇺🇸
    I LOVE idea thanks for sharing

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