I’ve got an easy, interchangeable bead garland tutorial for you today.
Have you seen pretty pictures in magazines or on Pinterest with strands of wooden beads casually draped around a bottle or wound through a vignette?
Wood beads add interest and texture and I think they look great in a variety of decorating styles from farmhouse to French to boho and others.
Now I know these wood bead garlands are not a new trend and they’ve been around for quite a while, but I just made one with an interesting twist.
Mine has an interchangeable agate slice.
Here’s what I started with to make the garland…..
I used 20mm natural wood beads and some basic twine that I already owned.
First, I threaded the beads onto the twine until it got to the length I was happy with.
Mine is about 4 1/2 feet long.
Next, I cut the twine and made a slip knot in each end.
Total transparency: I had to Google “how to tie a slip knot” first:)
I did leave about an inch or so of twine between the beads and the knot so that the beads could have a little wiggle room as I wound them around vases and things.
In the end, I decided to add a dot of hot glue to the knots so that they wouldn’t slide around.
Now for the fun part!
I found a pretty agate slice pendant in the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby and added a jump ring to it so that I could attach it to the twine in the garland.
The silver part of the pendant was a little too shiny for me, so I added a tiny bit of rub n’ buff to darken it. Any brown or black paint should work for this. Just be sure not to touch the silver part a lot because it will eventually come off with too much handling.
Bead garland 1:
I added the agate pendant to the middle of my bead garland this time…..
And the great thing is that it is interchangeable.
The next time I removed the agate and added a starfish.
Bead garland 2:
For the last one, I added some yarn tassels that I made. This time, I put them on the ends.
Bead garland 3:
Here’s another photo of the tassel garland in a fall vignette….
If I make another bead garland I’ll make the end slip knots smaller so that whatever decoration I add will hide the loops better.
I may even make one into a circle and then I wouldn’t need the loops at all.
Here are some other ideas that you could use for your interchangeable bead garland:
colorful embroidery floss tassels
Any other ideas? What would you use?