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Easy and Beautiful Valentine Garland Using Raffia

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.


I love the looks of raffia in crafts, so this Valentine's Day garland made with mini string lights, raffia, and hearts is exactly the look I wanted. This garland could easily be used in decorating for a wedding, bridal, or baby shower. It would be a nice addition to a teen girl’s room. String the garland across a mantel, along a banister, or over a mirror. The raffia garland is simple and inexpensive to make. It is outstanding when lit.

Supplies Needed

  • 35 clear string lights
  • Package of natural raffia
  • Red tissue paper
  • Tinfoil
  • Empty TP roll
  • Silver and red glitter
  • White glue

Add Raffia to String Lights

Divide the hank of raffia into six hanks. Starting on the light end of the mini string and using two of the raffia hanks, tie the hanks on either side of the first bulb. I used a short piece of raffia to wrap around and tie the two hanks and the string light.


Half Way Raffia Tie

With the string lights in the center of the two hanks of raffia, wrap and tie a piece of raffia about half way to the end of the raffia hanks.


Add Raffia Hanks

Overlap and place two more raffia hanks on either side of the light string and continue, wrapping and tying along the way. Use the last two hanks of raffia to finish to the end of the lights.


How to Make the Silver Hearts

Crumple a sheet of tinfoil and then carefully straighten it out. Glue two sheets of tinfoil together on the non-shiny side. This gives the heart more body. Cut heart shapes from the tinfoil. Make a small hole in the center of the heart, to place the heart over a mini light. I applied small dots, lines, etc., on the hearts with white glue and then sprinkled them with silver or red glitter. Allow to dry before placing over mini lights.


How to Make the Open Silver Hearts

Cut a TP roll into five equal pieces. Cover with a piece of tinfoil by placing a strip of tinfoil around the TP circle and folding to the inside. Shape the circle into a heart shape. Add a bit of white glue to the outside of the heart and add glitter. To attach a silver open heart to a string light, place the heart over the mini light and, using a long piece of raffia, thread the raffia through the wire loops on the string lights and tie. The light should stay inside the open heart.


Make the Tissue Hearts

Lay two sheets of tissue paper together and cut squares (2 to 2.5”).

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Cut Heart Shapes

Fold the square (two pieces of tissue) in half and cut a heart shape.


Apply Glitter

On one, or both hearts, apply dots, dashes, etc., with white glue and sprinkle with silver or red glitter. Keep the two hearts paired so they glue together perfectly. When dry, apply a line of white glue around the edge of one heart and glue to its partner heart. Leave a small opening to slide the heart over a mini light and glue in place.


© 2015 Loraine Brummer

Do you use raffia in crafts? or leave a comment

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 19, 2015:

You are so kind, vocalcoach, for your kind words and for sharing this raffia garland craft. Reading this comment was a terrific start to my day.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 18, 2015:

I love using raffia and this valentine garland is so pretty! Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 18, 2015:

Thanks, Lee. Thanks for the comment about the garland. I'm so happy to see you here, I remember you from Squidland.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on January 18, 2015:

Sweet hearts garland. Love this!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 18, 2015:

Thanks, mama Mac and Diana Lee, for your comments. Imagine how easy this garland is to make and all the occasions that it would be suitable for. I wish I had thought of this to use for my granddaughter's "tea party" themed bridal shower.

MacAllister Bishop from Bonne Terre, MO on January 18, 2015:

I love it! So cute.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on January 18, 2015:

This looks like a fun project for any occasion. Simple craft ideas are always welcome.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 18, 2015:

Thanks randomcreative and PAINTDRIPS for your kind comments. I appreciate your visits. This garland was so much fun to make and looks beautiful lit. I can definitely see string lights like these for a themed wedding reception.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 17, 2015:

Very cool craft. Loved it.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 17, 2015:

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.