Holiday Guide: Deck the halls with felted lightbulbs

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  • Sarah Pearson—Concord Monitor

  • Sarah Pearson—Concord Monitor

  • Sarah Pearson—Concord Monitor

  • Sarah Pearson—Concord Monitor

  • Sarah Pearson—Concord Monitor

  • Sarah Pearson—Concord Monitor

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Published: 11/22/2021 2:02:08 PM
Modified: 11/22/2021 2:01:53 PM

Over the summer, perhaps Christmas in July, I came across a post on social media of felt lightbulb garland. As a parent of a toddler who wants to be involved in everything, I thought it would be a great way to have something to help decorate with that wasn’t fragile.

You’ll need felt sheets in the colors you want your bulbs plus gray felt, ribbon, needle, thread and stuffing.

Start by sketching out a bulb shape on some paper. Mine is  three inches long and tapers from a half-inch at the ends to an inch and a half in the center.

I discovered you can fit about 16 of these shapes on a 9x12” sheet of craft felt. You’ll need two pieces for each bulbs. How many bulbs you’ll need will depend on how long you want your garland. I used 20 bulbs spaced four inches apart on a seven-foot ribbon to get about six-feet of garland. After you’ve decided the number of bulbs you need, trace them on your felt and cut them out (remember, you need two for each bulb.) You also need to cut gray rectangles for the base of the bulbs. These rectangles should be the width of the base of your bulb by double that. So for me, the rectangles were half-inch by one-inch. 

Pair the bulb shapes and sew around the perimeter with a small (1/8”) seam. Leave open the small end where the gray base will go. 

Next stuff the bulbs. The hole will probably be pretty small, so you may want to use a blunt stick to help you push the plush in.

To finish the bulbs and close the hole, fold the gray felt over the open seam and sew along the edge of the gray. This should seal the stuffing in the bulb and create a loop of the gray, which you can string the ribbon through. 

When your bulbs are done, you can add them to your ribbon. My loops were pretty small so I partially straightened a paper clip to make a sort of needle. For the first bulb, bring the ribbon through once, then back through a second time to keep it tight in place. I also knotted it. Then I strung one of each color on. After that first set, I adjusted the spacing of how I wanted the bulbs, about four inches apart. For the next bulb, I pulled the ribbon around and back through a second time to lock its position. I repeated the sets of five bulbs until the ribbon was full. 

No-sew version:  Felt doesn’t fray like knit or woven fabric, so sewing isn’t a requirement for this project. You can use hot glue to affix all the parts. However, since glue is often not as fine as thread,  you may want to cut your bulbs larger than I have. Or go the two dimensional route and skip doubling the layers and stuffing them. Just glue a gray loop to the end of the bulb shapes and string those. 




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