- 1 20 ft strand of copper wire LED string lights (aka: “fairy lights”)
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- 2 C batteries
- Roll of thick jute or twine
- Various materials to construct the rag ties
- I used:
- 1 old white queen sheet
- white burlap, brown burlap, linen and lace that were leftover from my wedding
- Measure out 8.5 feet of jute, and cut to size. About 20 inches in from each end, tie a knot on both sides (this will help keep the rag tie tassels in place.).
- For the rag tie tassels: I personally chose to vary the widths of the fabrics, to keep it from being too symmetrical, so I chose to rip and cut the lace, burlap, etc into varying widths from 1 inch wide, to about 2 inches wide. For the length, once again I varied them from about 5 inches to about 20 inches, because I like how the uneven lengths look together (see picture 1).
- To make each rag tie tassel: (see the second picture below for a visual) Make a U with your fabric, and place the twine about an inch above the base of the U. Bring down the ends and tuck them over the twine and under the base of the U, and then pull the ends through and down.
- Continue the rag tie tassel making process until you reach the knot on the other end. I used about 14-16 rag ties for each 12 inches, and had around 80 overall.
- Once you’re done with the rag tie portion – give yourself a little pat on the back, you’re almost done! You can certainly stop at this point, but I love how the LED lights on the copper wire give our room so much more warmth, and they definitely help add to the vintage look as well.
To really add a special touch to your DIY rag tie garland, I would definitely suggest adding the LED string lights. It only takes an extra 15-20 minutes, but makes a huge impact when the lights are low!
- Starting from one end next to the knot, twist the copper wire around the twine a few times to keep it in place (see picture 1 #1).
- Take the wire down the knots about 11 inches, and, in between two knots, loop the wire around the twine one time (see picture 1 #2).
- Repeat step 2 every 11 or so inches until you reach the knot at the end of the rag tie garland (see picture 1 #3).
- Going back the way you came, take the wire down the knots about 5 or 6 inches (so halfway in between the existing loops you’ve already made) and, in between two knots, loop the wire around the twine one time (see picture 1 #4).
- Repeat step 4 until you reach the knot at the end of the rag tie garland again.
- You’ll be left with a little copper wire overflow, so what I did was to just take it down the top of the knots again and looped it every so often until the copper wire ran out.
- Hang up your super snazzy light up garland wherever you see fit, and admire your work!
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