Do you love the look of wood bead garland strands for your Christmas tree or mantle? Well then here’s a simple and quick DIY for crafting it!
Happy winter greetings everyone! The Christmas season is right around the corner now! It makes me think of the smell of evergreen, hot cocoa and peppermint, crackling fires, excited children and of course Christmas trees!
I remember the sparkly tinsel garland that we used to put on our Christmas tree when I was a kid. Let me tell ya, garland has sure come a long way since then!
The garland for sale now is natural and beautiful! So I wanted to come up with a simple DIY wood bead garland tutorial to prepare for the upcoming season!
I plan to use mine on my Christmas trees however it could also be used for a mantle decoration depending on how long you choose to make it.
This DIY is super easy and turns out beautifully! The only time consuming part is the stringing of the beads. Let’s get started on how to make this wood bead garland!
Get Your Supplies for Wood Bead Garland
There are a only a few supplies you need for this wood bead garland tutorial. First off, obviously wood beads. 😉
The only other materials that I used were 2 ply jute twine, scissors and scotch tape. The wood bead sizes are as follows: 20 mm, 16 mm, 14 mm, 12 mm, and 10 mm.
Apply Tape to Jute Twine and String Wood Beads
First, I applied scotch tape to the end of the jute twine using a little piece and wrapping it tightly around.
I learned this neat little trick from a preschool teacher who was helping the kids string beads at Sunday school! Just goes to show, we can always learn something new from teachers!
This really does help to keep the string from fraying as you string your beads together!
I started with the smallest bead and kept stringing up to the largest. As you can see in the picture I then strung the beads down to the smallest again.
Easy peasy! Just keep stringing until you reach the desired length!
Variations in Strands of Wood Bead Garland
I tried two different versions of the garland, but as you can see in the picture they don’t look all that different!
The first one has only one 10 mm wood bead in the middle.
The second one has three 10 mm wood beads.
You could create either version, however this also depends on the set of beads you buy. More on that below!
Deciding What Set of Wood Beads to Buy
There are many versions of these wood beads on amazon. And they seem to sell out quickly this time of year!
I’m going to break it down for you, just so you know how long a garland a certain quantity of beads will get you!
For one 8 and 1/2 foot set of garland you will need twenty five 20 mm beads, twenty six 10 mm beads and fifty 16, 14, and 12 mm beads.
So, if you buy a set that comes with 100 beads of each size you can get yourself two 8 and 1/2 foot strands of garland. That’s if you create the version with only one 10 mm bead in the middle (as discussed in the section above).
Also, I began the strand and ended the strand with a 10 mm bead which is why the total needed for one strand came to twenty six.
Finish Up Your Christmas Wood Bead Garland
When you’ve finished stringing your beads to the desired length, you can make a knot on each end. You’ll have to make several knots over each other to keep the beads from slipping. Then you can hide the ends within your Christmas tree!
Or even make a loop at the end of your jute twine to anchor it to one of your tree branches.
If you decide to use it on a mantle, a good idea is to make a tassel on each end of your garland! Head to this farmhouse wood bead garland post to see what I made with the remaining 20 mm and 10 mm beads, and learn how to create a simple tassel with your twine!
Check out these items from my product list on amazon. As I mentioned above these beads seem pretty popular right now! I’m keeping my eye out for any additional sets I find, and will list them as able!
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- Wood bead set (Will make two 8.5 foot strands)
- Another Wood bead set (Will make two 8.5 foot strands)
- 2 ply Jute Twine
Final Thoughts on Wood Bead Garland
I really like the look of these wood beads on my Christmas tree, and they give the room that handmade, farmhouse style that I love.
I will say that depending on the size of your tree, you may need to make multiple strands of this garland to cover the tree. I would buy some wood beads and create the strands to give you an idea of how far 8 and 1/2 feet will go for you.
I’d love if you would leave me a comment if you gave this project a try! Thanks so much for reading! And you know…