Ready for a fun, easy winter home decor DIY? Today let’s make a wood bead and wool ball garland! It’s perfect for winter! It adds a nod to winter in a subtle and pretty way. And making it so addictive! Even if you are not crafty you can make this garland.
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Just one more thing before we begin…
I’m taking the Pinterest Challenge with some of my blogging friends. A big thank you to Cindy at Country Road 407 for organizing our group.
We were all so inspired by this beautiful heartfelt garland from Refresh Living …
If you are coming from Laura’s at Decor To Adore, WELCOME!!! Her French inspired Valentine garland is gorgeous! And didn’t you love the story behind her inspiration?
My garland takes on the same winter white look.
I know there are no hearts in my garland.
I’m not a heart kinda girl! No judging, please! Thanks!
I was so inspired by Jenny’s pretty garland to also make a garland. But I wanted to make one that took on a subtle look using wool balls but no hearts. I love hearts in someone else’s home.
Wow, this garland was so easy and so so addictive to make. Even if you are not crafty, you’ve got this!!!
Let’s make a pretty wood bead and wool ball garland or two or three…
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE GARLAND
- NATURAL WOOD BEADS IN VARIOUS SIZES- see them HERE
- WOOL FELT BALLS- see them HERE
- LARGE EYE SEWING NEEDLE- see them HERE
- BAKER’S TWINE OR HEAVY DUTY SEWING THREAD- see twine HERE
Don’t use garden twine, it frays and will leave fuzzies between the beads. I speak from experience. Baker’s twine or a heavy-duty white sewing thread works best.
Layout your design…
Before you do anything, think about the pretty design sequence to make your garland.
There are so so many options!!!!
Lay it out on a table so you can see it to repeat it.
Thread the needle…
Cut a long length of twine. Just make sure the twine you use will support the beads you put on it.
Using a large eye needle thread the twine or heavy-duty sewing thread onto it leaving about a 2-inch tail.
Add the first bead…
Thread the first bead onto the twine and pull it down close to the end of the twine.
Tie the end of the twine around the end bead/ wool ball. Don’t tie it too tightly! Just enough so the end bead/ wool ball won’t break free. You will come back to the bead later.
Start stringing beads and balls…
Start stringing! This goes fast! And it is so satisfying! I find this extremely relaxing!
When you are about 4-6 inches from the end of the twine, it is time to tie off the garland and secure it.
Make sure there are no gaps between the beads and wool balls and also make sure the beads/ wool balls are not so tight that the garland does not bend.
Tie a loop knot as close as you can to the last bead or ball.
Then using the needle thread the twine back through the bead or ball and about 3 other beads at the end of the garland.
My baking twine was too think to go back through the wood balls so I pushed the needle back through the wool ball.
Cut off the twine flush against the wool ball.
AN EASY AND PRETTY WINTER DIY!
TA-DA! What a pretty and versatile garland!
Other fun options…
There are so many ways you can personalize this garland.
- Think about using wool balls that work with the colors in your home.
- Use craft paint to paint beads a color you love.
- Use a furniture stain to stain the wood beads to give them a rich look.
You can also use the garland to add a bit of fun to a vignette or use a few garlands in a shallow basket or bowl.
I’ve made 4 long winter white garlands and still have enough wood balls and wool balls for about 2 more!
Okay, I just have to say it…
Won’t these garlands look amazing on a Christmas tree? I know!!!!!
Please visit my blogging friends and see how they met the Pinterest Challenge!
You might like to start with my friend Christy at Our Southern Home! She not only created a darling pom-pom garland but also a fabulous Valentine hot chocolate bar!
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