I know it's bumping up on too late to be starting new projects, but I just couldn't help myself!! I spotted a fabric garland that was similar and I just HAD to try it with burlap.
This was both simple and time-consuming at the same time (of course it wouldn't have been quite as time consuming if I hadn't chosen the longest strand of lights that we own!)
It is just a whole boatload of 1 inch strips of burlap (I used about 3 yards) cut into about 6-7 inch lengths. And knots, lots and lots of knots. Tie each little strip in a basic knot around your light cord. Man is it gonna stink when this string of lights goes out....
This was one of those impulsive-don't-feel-like-pulling-out-my-camera-to-take-during-pictures-so-I-can-do-a-proper-tutorial projects. I know all of you bloggers out there have projects like that... don't judge.
I cannot WAIT until next year when this is wrapped around my big tree with all my family ornaments hung all around around it. Yes, I am already planning my decorations for next year.... hopeless is a good word to describe me.
It gives such a simple, natural, homespun feeling to my mantel that wasn't there before and I am in love. If I try it again, maybe I will look a little closer at the length first :)
FYI: if you, too, make the mistake of choosing a length that is entirely too long and decide that there is no way in the world that you will finish this project in the next 3 Christmas seasons.... you can simply fold the lights over on themselves 3 or 4 times at any point and tie your strips around all the lights. It makes it look a little brighter and fuller anyway :)
Do you have any last minute christmas projects that you are dying to do? It's not too late!