If you have little beads and bobbles leftover from craft projects, here’s a fun way to use them. Make a strand of thankful beads to weave around your Thanksgiving centerpiece.
But, for those that don’t have a jar of leftover beads, this idea is, without a doubt, a great place to start beading projects.
And, it keeps the little ones busy while you’re figuring out how to cut away the burnt pieces from the turkey.
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I find wooden beads on Amazon. These are the main sizes I use for decor beads and garlands.
Yard sales and thrift stores are great places for unique wood beads too.
I used the thicker sharpie markers for the beads.
To start, I grabbed the jar of leftover beads from my wooden beads DIY garland and the rustic wood bead garland. In the jar, there were several badly painted beads too. We can use them in this project.
- First, cut a piece of twine as long as you want your garland. Mine is 4 feet long.
- Then, to save your sanity, make a twine needle. You can see the little video on Instagram here.
- Make a knot at the other end of the twine.
- Finally, start adding beads. Usually, I add beads by color and size, but this time, I strung them on randomly.
- To finish, make a twine tassel for the end.
Since I’m spindle obsessed, I added a small piece to one end.
To decorate, place a jar of markers on the table and let everyone write or draw thankful things. Even “school” made it onto a bead!
Ideas for the beads.
- Keep as-is with a memento to bring out your thankful beads each Thanksgiving.
- Add to the beads over the years to include new family members.
- Cut into necklace sizes for the little ones to keep. Just as long as they won’t try to eat it.
If you want beads that are heavier, as in weight, try making these beads.
I think our turkey is burning.
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