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The Natural Beauty of Wood Bead Garlands

I adore the rustic charm that wood bead garlands bring to holiday decorations! Whether you prefer to purchase them or make them yourself, this simple DIY tutorial will guide you through the process. Estimated reading...

I adore the rustic charm that wood bead garlands bring to holiday decorations! Whether you prefer to purchase them or make them yourself, this simple DIY tutorial will guide you through the process.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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Creating Your Own Wooden Bead Garland

Wood bead garlands are incredibly easy to make, requiring just a few supplies:

  1. Wooden beads of various sizes
  2. String or thread
  3. A needle
  4. Tape

You can find all the necessary supplies right here! When choosing your beads, consider the size based on your intended use. For a more substantial garland to hang on the mantle or drape on the tree, opt for a larger set of beads.

In my case, I wanted several garlands, each approximately 6 feet long. To achieve this, I ordered 40 of the largest 30mm beads and 100 of each of the other sizes. (I did have some smaller-sized beads left over.)

Creating Your Bead Pattern

To start, I placed all the beads on the counter and arranged them in the desired pattern. Trust me, trying to remember the sequence while stringing the beads can be challenging!

For my garland, I chose the following pattern: 30mm - 16mm - 14mm - 20mm - 14mm - 16mm. I repeated this sequence until the garland reached the desired length.

Making wooden bead garlands Making wooden bead garlands

Measuring and Cutting Your String

Once you've settled on a pattern, cut a piece of string to the desired length of the garland, leaving an extra 6-8 inches on each end. These extra lengths will serve as loops for hanging.

I opt for crocheting yarn as it is soft yet sturdy, but you can use any twine, string, or ribbon of your choice.

Making wooden bead garlands Making wooden bead garlands

To establish a starting point, tie one bead to the end of the string, leaving 6-8 inches for hanging.

Stringing Your Beads

Now, follow the chosen pattern and thread the beads onto the string, repeating the sequence until you reach the desired length. Finally, tie off the final bead, leaving another 6-8 inches of string for hanging.

Top Tip: If threading the yarn through the bead is challenging, tape a sewing needle to the end of the string for easy bead threading.

Before securing the final bead, hold the garland up from one end and let it hang to the floor. This will ensure there are no spaces between the beads.

And voila! You now have a beautiful, natural wood bead garland to adorn your holiday decor!

Exploring the Possibilities

These wood bead garlands are incredibly versatile. You can drape them around the tree, hang them along the mantle, or even place them in a vintage dough bowl or on a coffee tray with twinkling lights. The options are endless, and their timeless appeal allows you to reuse them year after year!

If DIY isn't your thing (I completely understand, life can be hectic!), you can find ready-made wood bead garlands as well.

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