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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

$5 DIY: How to Make a Wood Bead Garland with Tassels

An easy tutorial for creating an inexpensive wood bead garland with tassels!

Who doesn't love a quick, easy and affordable farmhouse craft project?  

A few years ago my grandmother was downsizing and I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of her unused craft supplies.  One of the many items I received was a huge assortment of wood craft beads. I'm talking large beads, small beads, round beads and everything in between.  Determined not to let them go to waste, I decided to make a simple DIY wood garland, but I didn't want to make just any wood garland.  I wanted to make something a little different, so I added simple jute tassels. 
Easy wood bead garland with tassels
This is seriously the easiest craft project I have ever made.  You only need 3 supplies, it takes less than 10 minutes to make and the total cost is less than $5.00.  It doesn't get any easier or cheaper than that! 
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 - Round wood beads (I used approx. 60 beads) 
- Jute (you can find it at Dollar Tree)
- Scissors


Supplies for wood bead garland
I started by wrapping jute around the palm of my hand about 15 times.
Making jute tassel
Once I was happy with the thickness of my tassels I took another piece of jute and tied it around the top of my tassel (about a 1/4 inch from the top), knotting it off. Tying off tassel for wood bead garland
Now that my tassel was done I cut a long piece of jute (a little longer than the length you want your garland) and threaded it through the top of my tassel, knotting off the end.
Stringing tassel for wood bead garland

Add beads to jute tassel
Once everything was secure I started adding beads to my garland, threading the knotted off end through the beads as well.
Adding beads to make wood bead garland
When I was happy with the length of the garland I made another tassel, adding it to the end.
Adding tassel to jute bead garland

tying off tassel to wood bead garland
This cute little inexpensive wood garland ended up being the perfect decor piece to wrap around my favorite glass jars.
finished wood bead garland with tassels

how to make a wooden bead garland with tassels

how to make a $5 wood bead garland with tassels
I wasn't kidding when I said this was the easiest and most inexpensive craft project I've ever made.  It's also a great versatile decor piece that I use throughout my entire home.

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How to make an easy wood bead tassel garland

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  1. Great idea! We are seeing these beads & tassels everywhere. I like the jute tassel much better!. Thanks for sharing!

  2. that is so dang cute katie love it xx

  3. I can't find beads like that anywhere do have any ideas for me. I have already been to hobby lobby ,walmart and micheals.

    1. Hmmm, I'm surprised you haven't been able to find them. I usually buy all my wooden craft supplies at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They will be in the bare wood section and not with the beads for jewelry making. You can also find them on Amazon (I linked to them above). Good luck!

    2. Misty Warren - She has a link if you click on the beads above it takes you to Amazon to the beads.

  4. Just made this! I am thrilled with how it turned out. Thanks for your excellent directions and pictures I had some leftover beads from a family member but I supplemented with a package that I bought today from Michael's in the wood department.

  5. Are the brads in the pictures 10mm? (the same size in the link)

    1. I ordered the ones she linked to and they are super small. :(

    2. I'm sorry guys. I updated the link, so it should now be for the correct beads.

  6. How long is your strand? My 10mm beads are smaller than yours, so it's taking more. Don't see a length measure in post. I know I can make it any length I'd like, would be helpful though to know how long yours is. Thank you!!

  7. What is the correct size beads used? I ordered from your link and 10mm is way smaller.

    1. Hi- I'm so sorry. I updated the link, so it should now be for the correct beads.

  8. Katie, this is still defaulting to the 6mm beads. I'm assuming you used the 16mm? I love this, and I'm definitely going to make a strand! ;-)

    1. Yes. You will want to use 16mm. You can pick what size you want though.

  9. I have made three of these beaded garlands now! I made one for each of my daughters and one for myself. I love the look when decorating with them. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Am I missing something? You say $5 DIY but the beads themselves in the link are $8.99?

    1. I mentioned that I only used about 60 beads out of the 100. Also, I already had the beads on hand and was just linking to the type of beads I used. You may be able to find them cheaper at Walmart, the Dollar Tree and other affordable craft stores.