Vintage Christmas Light Garland

There were some strands of very old lights in a box of Christmas decor I bought at an auction.  The brittle cord kind of old, not the 'cool I'll keep these neat lights' kind of old.  I tossed the cords but kept the light bulbs.

There had to be a project in them.  Well, garland with torn strips of vintage fabric is what I came up with!

For lack of a great place to photograph them, I "strung" them up on a wall to show you.

I think they'd be great on a door or across a window, on a mantle,.....

or strung on the most awesome vintage tin tub that is sitting in your basement bedroom because you don't know where to put it yet!

I'll be bringing these light garlands to the show in Seward on Saturday.  I'm looking forward to meeting new people there and meeting up with my Seward friends Leah and Rachel!


  1. Great idea for those old lights! I have some of those somewhere in my stash of Christmas stuff and now I know what to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love this!!! You are such an inpiration, Jill!

  3. brilliant! I found a stash of these old lights when I was cleaning out my mom's I know what to do with them (since god forbid I didn't want to plug them in!) thanks for the fabulous idea!
    amy of four corners design

  4. Ha! I actually had these laying out for last months junk le bells and really couldn't come up with a good project. Thanks for solving my problem!!! Wishing you the best for the show this weekend.

  5. I should note too...that I saved the little sockets off the cord too. I think they could be hollowed out and made into bells.

  6. great idea...we found some of my grandparents' old lights and I DID NOT want to throw them out! Right now they are all just sitting in a jadite bowl, but I might have to string them like that!

  7. This is a wonderful I need to get back to GW and buy those I saw there ..if people haven't seen your idea yet and snatched them up :)


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