A wooden beads craft garland is an easy holiday craft anyone can make. Simply string the natural wood color beads on twine, or paint wooden beads in colors to match any holiday decor.
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About this wooden bead craft:
The wood bead garland pictured in this set of directions is painted in Fall/Halloween colors. I used a mix of Black, White, Orange, Gray, and unpainted wooden beads.
Purchasing wooden beads in bulk can lessen the cost of this craft. Plus, you will have enough leftover beads to make several beaded garlands.
Of course, that number of beads you need will depend on the length of the garland and the size of the beads used. I recommend making a garland 24-36 inches long. This is a good length for placing around on shelves, tables, or trays.
Customize the length, colors, and the size of beads on your garland. The wooden beads used for the Halloween and Fall garland pictured in this DIY are a mix of size 16mm wood beads and size 20mm wood beads.
TIP: Make sure your jute twine is thin enough to fit through the holes in your beads. If the yarn or string is too thick, it may not go through.
Wooden beads craft garlands are so easy to make.
If you are undecided on paint colors, don’t feel like you HAVE to paint the beads. Leave them their natural color. The natural wood color garlands look great, too. In fact, I have a couple of unpainted wooden bead garlands. I use them for year round decorations.
However, if you do want to paint your beads…here are a few ideas to get you going on paint color choices:
- Farmhouse decor colors: Natural (unpainted) Wood, White, White & Black
- Christmas Holiday Craft Colors: Red, Green, White
- Thanksgiving Holiday Craft Colors: Brown, Gray, Cream, Orange, Gold
- Valentine’s Day Craft Colors: Red, White, Pink, Purple
- Patriotic Holiday Colors (USA): Red, White, Blue
Check out wood bead garlands listed on Etsy for more color inspiration! And now, for the craft directions:
- Paper Bowls
- Wooden Skewers
1. Decide approximately how long you want your finished wood bead garland to be. Cut a length of twine, leaving an extra several inches longer on the ends.
TIP FOR PAINTING BEADS: If you are painting your beads, figure out how many wood beads you will need to paint for the garland. Here's how I do it: First, I string the garland with unpainted beads. Then, as I take the beads off the string, I sort them into groups by the colors I am going to paint them.
NOTE: If you are NOT painting your wood beads, you will simply string the natural color wooden beads onto the jute twine, tying knots large enough at each end to keep wood beads in place.
If you are adding tassels to the ends of your garland, you will need to leave several inches of extra twine at each end of the garland beyond the knots that hold the beads in place. This extra twine will give you a way to tie your tassel onto the garland. You can trim the excess twine once the tassel is in place.
2. Paint the wooden beads. I found it was easy to paint the beads on the wooden skewers. Then, I could let the beads dry on the wooden skewers balanced over paper plates. If you have another method for painting beads, that's totally fine. I just found this way works pretty good for me.
3. Let the paint dry. If you want more vivid colored beads, you may need to apply more than one coat of paint to the beads. Once you are happy with the paint job, proceed to the next step.
4. String wood beads onto the jute twine. Be sure to knot each end securely so that the beads don't slide off. Leave a few inches length of extra twine on each end of the garland if you want to add tassels to the ends.
5. At this point, your garland is finished and ready to use. However, if you want to add tassels, tags, or an ornament to the ends, it is time to make and attach those items.
Making tassels TIP: I suggest doing what I did, and watching how to make twine tassels videos on YouTube. I liked the look of my ribbon tassel better than my jute tassel. But, it is up to you if you want to make a tassel or not. You don't have to put a tassel on the ends.
6. Use your wooden bead garland to decorate pretty much anywhere you want!
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Now that you know how to make a wood bead garland, you can make another one! Let me know, what colors did you use? Did you match your home decor or did you make a holiday colored garland?
As always, if you have any questions about how to make this farmhouse decor diy, please leave them in the comments below. I will answer them as soon as I am able and it will send a response to you via email.
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