It’s a rare quiet afternoon and you want an easy project.
Nothing involving a paintbrush.
Something creative you can decorate your home with.
This is super duper easy with these basic tips. And I made one of mine extra rustic.
Wood Beaded Garland
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One of the many reasons I love DIY projects is if you get tired of it recreate something else.
Yep, it okay to destroy a project when you’ve grown tired of it, or it doesn’t fit your style anymore.
I painstakingly created this wood bead chandelier several years ago. I even bled for this project.
It sat or hung in several locations around our home and even outside. It even laid on a table in shabby chic style for a while. But we grew tired of it.
I wanted to make a couple of wood garlands. One to drape over decor and one to whoop-de-do along our mantel. The whoop-de-do garland I wanted rustic so I aged a few of the beads. Some I left as raw wood.
I first soaked them in tea. Notice I tossed in some dollar store clothes pins too.
They soaked for 5 minutes. Then I removed them to dry. After they dried. I popped them into ironed vinegar. Read more about aging wood instantly here. There are important tips to learn about aging with tea and vinegar.
This is a tip to make threading beads on twine easier.
Dip the end of the twine in craft glue. Press the fibers to a point. Then let dry. When the glue dries you can use the end like a needle to thread on the beads. No unraveling!
Making the garlands
Raw wood garland with tassels
For the small raw wood garland, I used 14mm beads. I made a twine tassel first.
I wrapped twine around my hand 8 times. Then removed the circle of twine from my hand. I cut a piece about 2 feet long. I tied one end to the circle. Next, I cut a piece about 4 inches long and wrapped about 1/2 inch from the long piece all the threads. I tied the ends together. Then cut the twine and frayed the pieces.
The other end of the 2-foot long piece was dipping in glue to make the “needle.” Then I added the beads. I make another tassel and tied to hold the beads together.
The raw wood garland is fun to drape over vases and old books. Makes an added bit of texture in the room.
Rustic wood garland
First, I cut 6-feet of twine. I made a knot in one end and a “needle” using glue on the other end. The pattern is one 20mm, one 14mm, one 10mm, one 14mm. Then start again. So, you’ve added a medium between each large and small bead. I tied a knot at the other end.
And the aged rustic wood beaded garland hangs from my favorite mantel.
Hanging in a whoop-de-do fashion!