FARMHOUSE DECOR IS A BELOVED TREND AND IT SEEMS TO SHOW NO SIGNS OF GOING ANYWHERE! AND YOU CAN HAVE SO MUCH FUN WITH SIMPLE DIY FARMHOUSE PROJECTS LIKE THIS PAINTED WOOD BEAD GARLAND!
I am a huge fan of anything that can be called farmhouse decor and that includes a beautiful wood bead garland. But between the prices and availability, they can be a challenge to get.
That’s what I love about a good DIY – you don’t have to worry about what’s available! And you can choose your own style, colours – everything! Plus, you won’t believe how quickly and easily this wood bead garland comes together.
Supplies for a wood bead garland
These painted wood bead garlands can be as fancy or as simple as you like. I’m usually somewhere in the middle. But here are the basic supplies for a painted wood bead garland.
- Craft Twine – any colour is fine
- Wood Beads – the garland I made today uses 16 mm and 14 mm beads, but you could go slightly larger if you like
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Disposable Pie Pans or dish for painting
- Ribbon or embellishment for tassels (this is totally optional)
How to put together your wood bead garland
Here are the basic steps of putting together your painted wood bead garland. For a look at how I put it together from start to finish, be sure to click on the video below:
And now here are all the steps from the video!
Step 1 – Paint Your Beads
I like to do this step first so that the paint on the beads has time to dry while I’m putting together my tassels. I simply placed my beads into a disposable tin dish, poured in a little paint and shook them around until all the beads were well covered. Set them aside and allow them to dry.
Step 2 – Make Your Tassels
There are so many ways to finish off your beaded garland, but tassels certainly seem to be the most popular. Of course, they are likely the most cost-effective as well! You can make tassels as plain or decorative as you like, or you can use small embellishments, ribbons, plaques or tags. The possibilities are endless! Be sure to watch the video above to see how easily tassels can be made.
Step 3 – String Your Garland
Once your beads are dry, it’s time to bring it all together! Start by tying one end of the twine to the first tassel. Choose a pattern (or not) and start stringing! I used three colours in my garland today, but trust me, I’ll be making more using additional colours! You can easily choose seasonal colours – think orange and black for Halloween; red, green and white for Christmas; green and gold for St. Patrick’s Day. You get the idea. Just one colour looks really nice as well. This is definitely a personal choice project.
When you have your garland the length that you like, tie it off using the second tassel. Be sure to get the knots as close to the beads as possible, so they don’t show.
Step 4 – Style and Enjoy!
The fun of making easy projects like this painted wood bead garland is that there are so many ways to enjoy them. You can use this garland to dress up a tiered tray, on a bookshelf or wrapped around candlesticks. Display them in different places for different seasons. I plan to use mine throughout our home, as they bring a touch of colour and fun to any spot I put them in!
The real question is – how many of these garlands will you be making?
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