Made of Q-Tips, this craft goes far beyond a miniature garland or cake topper. The light strand also looks cute as a bracelet, necklace, package decoration, or decoration for a miniature Christmas tree or dollhouse.


  • handful of Q-tips (at least four or five)
  • bottle caps (optional)
  • paint (variety of colors)
  • string
  • tape
  • scissors
  • glue
  • waxed paper
  • jar (optional)


  1. paintingSet up an area to work in, on top of a piece of waxed paper. Place a little bit of each paint color in its own bottle cap or other small container.
  2. One by one, dip the ends of the Q-tips in the paint. To avoid drips, scrape the end of the Q-tip on the edge of the bottle cap. Make sure the whole tip is covered in paint.
  3. Repeat step 2 until you have as many "lights" as you want. Let them dry.
  4. gluing

  5. Cut a piece of string the length that you want your garland to be. Tape the ends of the string down to the waxed paper to keep it taut.
  6. After the Q-tips are dry, use scissors (if you need something stronger, use a wire cutter) and cut the tips off. To keep them from flying all over the room, cut them into a jar.
  7. garlandGlue the individual pieces onto the string by dipping the end of each "light" into a little glue; we put the glue in a bottle cap for easier accessibility. Stick the "lights" onto the string and let them dry.

  8. Once it's dry, peel any leftover globs of glue off of the wax paper and take off the pieces of tape keeping the strand in place.bracelet

The best part is deciding what to use them for! Happy holidays.

Cassi Griffin is the creator of The Crafty Crow, one of the best collection of children's arts and crafts on the Internet. She is also a craft designer and has contributed designs to many books and national magazines. When she is not blogging and crafting, she is homeschooling her three amazing kids in the beautiful mountains of Idaho and trying to find balance in life as a single mom.

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