Beautiful Bead And Wool Ball Garland

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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winter white wooden bead and wool ball garland

Just one more thing before we begin…

3 strands of garland on a mantel

I wanted to make a garland that took on a subtle look using wool balls to give it a warm winter feel.

Wow, this garland was so easy and so so addictive to make. Even if you are not crafty, you’ve got this!!!

white wooden beads and wool ball garland

Let’s make a pretty wood bead and wool ball garland or two or three…


materials to make a wooden bead and wool ball garland
  • WOOL FELT BALLS- see them 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.

white wooden balls and wool balls

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…

image of the end of the garland

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…

white garland

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.

threading the beads and wool balls on twine to make a garland

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.

See image.

tying off the end of the garland

Cut off the twine flush against the wool ball.


TA-DA! What a pretty and versatile garland!

pretty and easy winter white garland

Other fun options…

garland draped across the mantel

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.

garland in a vignette on a coffee table

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!!!!!

pretty winter white garland

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  1. Your garland looks wonderful on your mantel, Yvonne! It matches your decor and is so stylish.

  2. Yvonne your garland is so beautiful up on your mantel….which I love your mantel decor. You are right after you take it off your mantel it can be used so many different ways. I love pieces like that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. An easy craft and goes perfect with your neutral decor.

  4. I love these garlands! Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be making some for our
    smaller faux Christmas tree! By the way, those fern prints above your mantel are just

  5. This is so cute. The wool balls are a great warm and cozy touch. I’ve always wanted to make one of these Frenchy beaded garland. Thanks for the links to the supplies. They are so pretty.

  6. I am definitely making this garland! I love the added wool balls and how easy you make it look. I have a mantel upstairs that I’ve been wanting to jazz up and this is perfect! You have no idea how excited I am. Kinda wondering what’s wrong with me that I never thought to do this. Guess it’s another reason the Lord put you in my life! Thank you so much for joining in with us.

  7. Jan Fusco says:

    I had to chuckle when you said you’re not a heart person. Although I knew exactly what you meant I thought of what a loving and giving heart you do have.

  8. Love the wood bead and yarn ball garland with your turned wood candlesticks, Yvonne. They coordinate beautifully. Easy and pretty DIY!

  9. Love these wood bead and wool ball garlands, and you have some wonderful ideas of how to use them and change them up! Love partying with you, dear friend!

  10. Yvonne, what a pretty garland. I love wood beads and adding the little felt balls is a sweet idea. Love the neutral vibe which makes the garland have a long shelf life. Great project for TV watching.

  11. Looks lovely and so elegant as always, Yvonne! I’m especially inspired to decorate with some of your useful tips. Although I do include some hearts in my garland (especially as a nod to my littles), I’m loving the classy neutral style and versatility of your garland. Definitely dying to try this one!

  12. Anna Porter says:

    Hi Yvonne, I love your garland, however, for some reason I was unable to get the link to the beads or wool balls to work. This is the first time I’ve had that problem- any suggestions? They take me to my amazon page but not the products. Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. Sorry Anna, I got hacked. Won’t hurt you and my tech team is working on it!

  13. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    Love how you use beads in so many ways! I am shocked you hung them from your beautiful new mantle! I’m hoping I can get the supplies together and make garlands with my grandson! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I use little 3M strip hangers and they don’t hurt the wood. I just gently pull a tab and they pull right off. No hurt no foul!

  14. Your bead and wool garland is beautiful, Yvonne!! Years ago I made bead garlands with my daughter and her friends in our Girl Scout troop but I haven’t made one for our home. Thanks for the lovely ideas and yours turned out great!!!

    Heartfelt hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  15. Is it poss to repost the links for the project supplies? They are not working when I click on them. Thank you!

  16. Marianne Brown says:

    I love your garland – it’s great to find a diy that can serve multiple functions-I can’t wait to make this! I was wondering how you attached your garland to your mantel?

  17. Linda Strachan says:

    Yvonne, this looks so wonderful on your mantle!. I’ve been meaning to make bead garlands for awhile and even have all the supplies! Now you’ve inspired me to get going!.

    I love your mantle and how you styled it….could you share where you bought the gorgeous fern prints?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Linda, thank you so much! The fern prints came from a local shop.

  18. Karen bath says:

    Hi Yvonne Did you paint the garland winter white? Did you paint the wool balls? How would that work? We recently moved to small apartment and you have inspired me to decorate it in white and keep it bright and organized. Thank you so much. Karen

    1. Hi Karen, I did not paint anything. The beads are a light natural color. Oh, I love that you said “bright and organized”. Music to my ears!

  19. Did you paint the natural wooden beads?

  20. Like everything you do, this too is not short of stunning. Thanks for sharing

  21. you may already know about the Dritz Flexi-Needle Threaders which enabled me to thread twine in the sometime too small hole in the wood bead. i’m so excited about it. it is made of very slender plastic “thread” with a loop on the end where you place your thread/twine. insert the needle end in the bead, sewing machine needle eye, embroidery needle eye and pull twine, thread, yarn all the through. amazon was out of stock but found it at joann fabric, 35 pieces for $5. Fantastic! just had to share!

  22. The wooden beads on the link are currently out of stock. Can you tell us what two sizes you used for the garland? Looking to change up my Christmas tree next year to more natural colors. Thought about stringing popcorn, but this will last longer for the effort!

  23. Those beads sell out fast:0)….A great idea for adding a bit of color and texture against the white.

  24. Wow! Love this idea. I think the garlands will make great gifts for family and friends. I already have a list of people who need to receive this beautiful, handmade gift.

    1. Hi Sharon! This garland is a bit different and so pretty! You are so sweet to make such a special gift.