Keith Johnson, KJ Bubbleguy, originally conceived of and open-sourced the now popular bubble garland some time ago. This is my 18 loop updated anti-fold-over design using 3/16" diamond-braid SecureLine clothesline cord by Lehigh with a removable core.  It can be found here. It can also often be found at WalMart. The Walmart version (label circa 2013) is shown on the Wicks page. This cord type is  recommended by Glowby the Bubbler and has proven to be very productive--thanks to both of you

PREPARING THE CORD: I recommend that you prepare/condition the new cord to remove the "newness" from the material; either by washing in bleach or soaking in white vinegar overnight. It is also important to abrade the new cord thoroughly to break down the stiffness. See Glowby's article On the Treatment of Diamond Braid Cord.

How-To For Smaller Loop GarlandsEdit


The polyester core must be removed from each section.


I cut 12" lengths of cord, one for each loop.


Place it over the overlapped ends of your cord.


To create your loop you start by attaching the ends of each cord to each other.


After about 5 or 6 tight wraps, take the end of the string you were wrapping with an put it thru the loop at the opposite end of the wraps (as shown).


Start wrapping the overlapped ends of the cord as show. This is a very simple knot but may take one or two practice tries.


I use a BIC lighter to melt the snipped ends of the string to prevent the string from unwinding or binding the garland (be careful with this--the string melts VERY fast)


Pull the bottom string to the right until the loop at the other end closes. The closed loop gets drawn snugly under the wrap.


Use a very large sewing needle from a fabric retailer and your braided polyester string to attach the swivels to the loops.




Now slide your swivel onto the string. I tie it 3 times--first time VERY loose, second time a tiny bit tighter and the third time snug. This will prevent the swivel from being attached tightly against the loop. Very important!


proceed as shown.


4" top with 3 1/2" sides


This is a look at how the swivels must be attached in order to help facilitate the anti fold-over feature. Now you have to attached the rest of your loops to each other. I use very small swivels (#0 or #1) between each loop. These stiny swivels can be purchased at any bait and tackle shop or online.


FOR LARGER LOOP GARLANDS ONLY: Larger looped garlands with 6" sides can be made anti fold over also by adding a 6" zip tie inside the cord on one side of the loop only. Trim off the top of the zip tie as shown.


The last loop at each end is attached to a 6-8" leader using the snap and swivels as shown. These are also available online or at a nearby bait and tackle shop.


After inserting the zip tie snip off the tapered end. The sharp corners will help prevent the zip tie from working itself out of the core


Zip ties inserted into the core will prevent fold overs with larger loops. Note: cut off the top head of the zip tie.


EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Insert the zip ties in the left side of the loops on the left of center of the garland. All the loops to the right side of the center have the zip ties in the right side of each loop


The sharp corners will help prevent the zip tie from working itself out of the core

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