Making Cozy: Twinkle Lights

Twinkle lights add a certain charm and warmth to a room, especially during cold winter months when the sun sets early in the evening.

When I was in high school, I had the multicolored lights (80s child) outlining the walls in my room. I loved the soft glow it gave. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy the warm, golden white lights and have been looking for ways to use them this season to brighten up the chilly evenings.

I’m finding they are quite versatile. They can outline door frames and windows.

They can be draped over tops of furniture and curtain rods to create a sense of whimsy.

They can also be placed in a container or contained space to create a condensed, brilliant glow.

Chevron Curtains and Burlap Tie Backs

Like most of the country, I recently had a few snow days to get things done around the house.  One of my projects that had been on my list since last summer was curtains for the kitchen eating area.  Snow day number one saw them finished.


Snow day number two was perfect for making the burlap tie backs for the curtains:



Love the snow in the background!

Anyway, what I love best about these tie backs is that they are easy to put on/take off, and they’re cheap and easy to make!  Here is a picture guide to make your own!


First, cut a 24-in piece of burlap ribbon (mine was about 5 in. wide) and two 10-in pieces of floral wire.


Second, fold the ends of the ribbon so that they overlap in the middle (this will be the back of the bow).  The length of the ribbon/bow will now be about 10 in.

Third, pinch the bow in the middle, from the BACK.  This will make a fold in the middle of the front.  Then, fold down the top and bottom edges FORWARD to meet in the middle.  It should look pleated like this…



Take one of the 10 in. pieces of wire and wrap it tightly around the middle of the bow to hold the pleat in place.  Before winding it all the way around, add the second piece length-wise to the back and continue winding.  This second piece will be what wraps around the curtain itself.  Then, hot-glue the folds and wires in place as needed.


And there you go!