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Lighted Houses Christmas Garland

Give a string of white Christmas lights a special custom touch with these colorful DIY houses.

Lighted garland of tiny houses.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Crafts knife and fresh blades
  • Ruler
  • Straightedge
  • Cutting mat or work surface
  • Painter’s tape or clear tape


  • 24-in x 36-in white corrugated plastic sign, #322364
  • White Christmas lights
  • Valspar gloss spray paint, Gold Abundance and Classic Red
  • Valspar satin spray paint, Spring Sprout

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Project Resources


Step 1

Download, assemble, and cut out the House Garland Pattern for the house and separate roof. Because you’ll cut through the pattern, print a copy of it for each house you plan to make.

Step 2

Note the corrugation direction arrows on the pattern as you position it loosely on the corrugated sign. To help you position the pattern, mark the board with a light pencil line 2-1/2 inches from the bottom. Then tape the pattern in position on the plastic sign and place the sign on a cutting mat or other surface you can safely cut.

Step 3

Using a crafts knife with a fresh blade and a ruler, carefully cut out the outside shape of each house along the solid lines of the pattern. Move or replace the tape as needed to hold the pattern in position. Then cut out the shape of the door and window. Cut the roof separately.

Step 4

Cut carefully through the top skin of the plastic and some of the corrugation at the dashed lines. Avoid cutting through the bottom skin or the plastic will be difficult to fold without breaking.

Step 5

Fold the roof in half at the score line and carefully cut a hole centered along the length of the fold to accept the bulb from the lights you’ll use. Spray-paint the top of each roof the color of your choice.

Step 6

Fold each plastic house into a rectangle and use hot glue to join the side to the end. Then fold the bottom up and glue it in place. It’s okay to leave the corrugated edges exposed.

Step 7

Apply glue to the gables at the top and press the roof in position. Hold it there until the glue cools.

Step 8

Choose where you want to attach houses along the string of lights. At each location, push the bulb through the hole in the roof and rotate the house into position as needed.