Have you all seen those wood bead garlands that are really popular to decorate with right now? I’m sure most of you probably have, and they are so cute, right?! I’ve been wanting one for myself, but of course, I figured – Why buy a wood bead garland, when I could probably have more fun making one? 🙂
Now, there are certainly other tutorials out there on how to make these. But, when I realized how simple it was, I just had to create a post in case any of you have never caught a step-by-step. I actually ended up making two of them (while my 6-month-old was napping, with plenty of time to spare), and oh, the possibilities that are now spinning in my head. I’m imagining painted wood bead garlands, garlands with different size beads, garlands with fancy tassels, etc. So. Much. Fun.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
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The first thing you want to do is wrap the cord around the palm of your hand a number of times. Just wrap it until you get the thickness you want for your tassel. I wrapped mine (both) about 15 times. Then, cut it off.
Next, take a piece of the cord and wrap it tightly a number of times around one end of the tassel. Tie that off. Repeat for a second tassel.
Cut off a long length of cord. Slightly longer than you want your garland to be. Thread one end of the cord through the looped side of your tassel and knot it.
Then, simply start adding the beads. Just thread the long end of the knot through the first few beads to hide it.
Once you’ve got the length you want, just tie off the end with the other tassel, and cut the looped ends of the tassel.
Voila! You’re done.
(For my longer, larger strand, I used 48 beads, and for the smaller (pink) strand, I used 34.)