Yea, it’s a super familiar looking DIY here and let me tell ya, I really meant to do this with flowers and in my head it was going to look so cute but somehow it wasn’t working out, or maybe it was that I just didn’t prefer it. I’m still all about those greens!
That wasn’t meant to say I don’t have love for flowers you know that’s not true. The ones I had thought would become the garland are still included but in the vase on the bench instead, heh. Perhaps they were too small and lacked the structure that makes the greens just flow better on the string lights. I also tried with ranunculus and they looked weird and not so continuous with the balls of the string lights. So here we are with greens, hugging and framing each light in a way that simply makes a lot of sense to me, that’s all.
For this month’s Michaels Makers Challenge, I bumped up these LED gold wire string lights to become a decorative garland for the theme of summer parties. You maybe get now why I’m making a big deal out of wanting to have used flowers because they’d be so summer, no? Greens are still great though, for any season, and I imagine a garland like this looking very cute for a summer party, either hung up or laid down the center of a table (omg and outside on the patio as it gets dark into the night? Pretty.)
-shimmer lights (found at Michaels, not on their site)
Each light is covered by a wire cage ball thing, and the distance between each is the length I cut the greens into.
I wrapped floral wire around the greens to attach them to the wire between the lights.
A little tip: it goes a LOT faster to use one continuous piece of wire while unraveling from the wire paddle than to cut a piece of wire each time for each piece of greenery.
Really though, I’d love to see this done with flowers, and maybe might attempt that at another time, but if you happen to try it before I do, pleeease share with me how it turns out. I still believe in the idea very much!
Check out more summer party ideas from all the other Michaels Makers!
32 comments on “DIY String Lights Garland”
This is such a smart DIY, love the string lights they are too cute!
Thanks, Marwa! I’m big on string lights ;)
So lovely! And that cushion is gorgeous!
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Pretty! I would love to try this with flowers.
Thank you! And same, haha. Let’s do it!
I LOOOOVE this and will absolutely be doing it ASAP! So lovely, lady!
Let me know how it turns out!! Thanks, Kaelah!
Amy, this is stunning!! I definitely want to make this for my patio this year! xoxo
Oh yes, you are one of the lucky ones with a patio! It’ll look amazing <3
Love it Amy! Adding the lights is brilliant. Perfect for a summer garden party!
YES, I dream of throwing one <3 Thanks, Andrea!
This is so elegant! Need to make this for our bedroom ASAP
I so thought about how this would look cool just in the bedroom. Would love to see how that looks!
This so gorgeous!! Can I ask what kind of greenery you used? It looks absolutely perfect!
So Pretty!!! I would love to try it with a flower garland.
Oh my, where can I get that gorgeous pillow?!:)
Hi Camilla! It’s from Pop Up Greens. I got it at a local makers market and I think they’re currently only selling for LA pickup.
Did this use fake or real leaves? Thanks!
Thanks for the ideal, I love lights and flowers. I’ll have to try this
Love this so much! What kind of leaves did you use?
Thanks Johanna! Unfortunately I don’t know the name of them.
How long does the greenery stay fresh and look good? I’m thinking about making these for my wedding in May!
Depends on the greenery, but I wouldn’t make these any further than a day in advance! This one stayed fresh for maybe two days.
very nice, especially when you like plants like me ;) I love too the pillow, where did u buy it? thanks
Thank you! I got the pillow from a local maker’s market. There are a lot like it on Etsy if you search for mud cloth pillows!
I love this! Where did you get the greens?
Thank you! From Whole Foods.
Love this! Just pinned it :)
This is stunning!
How long did the greens last for? Would love to use real greens, however it may be best to go with faux for longevity
Please let me know:)
Hi Tess! These greens stayed fresh for about 2-3 days before getting crispy. Faux greens work perfectly well too and will last year after year, that’s a great idea.