Summer is on its way, along with plenty of patriotic holidays! Today let’s learn how to create a DIY wood bead garland with stars.
DIY WOOD BEAD GARLAND WITH STARS
Yesterday, I was called ‘un-American’.
Take a wild guess why.
Go on, just take a guess.
Well, before I tell you why, let me ask you a question.
Do you like decorating with red, white, and blue?
I don’t mean red and white… or white and blue. I mean the combination of red, white, and blue.
You do? Well then, YOU may just call me “un-American”, too! 😉
(Don’t worry, my sweet friend was joking with me. But, I knew it was coming!)
Why Some May Think I am Un-American
I don’t know what it is, but I have NEVER decorated in the ‘colors of our country’. Red-white-and-blue, as a palette trio, just do nothing for me. And, I have never decorated my home for the 4th of July. Not the inside, nor the outside.
Until this past weekend.
This past weekend, I had to prepare for an upcoming Pinterest-challenge blog hop (if you don’t know what that is, come back on Tuesday morning and find out 😉 ). And guess what the challenge involved?
You got it! The grand old colors of the USA. (I knew you would guess right!)
So this American girl decided the best way to beat them was to join them… in an understated way. And, since my first coastal wood bead garland seemed to go over so well (according to Pinterest), I figured another string of wooden beads with a little Independence-Day-color-scheme might just be the ticket!
You can see how I have used red in this Tiny Kitchen Tour.
How To Make a Wooden Bead Garland with Grapevine Stars
Fair warning… I’m being quite detailed in the steps here, so you get a good picture (actually, you get over 20 pictures!) of what to do. I hope you appreciate detailed tutorials as much as I do. (Tell me, do you?)
So hang tight, and stick through to the end, because it really does only take about thirty minutes to make this 4th of July chunky garland. (Oh, and since this is Memorial Day Weekend, what a fun project this would be to make today, right?)
But wait… there’s more! We’re also going to see how to easily make tassels in red, white, and blue! Are you ready? Great! Me, too!
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What You Will Need
Here’s a small and affordable list of what you will need:
- Wooden Beads These are 20mm, my favorite bead size so far!
- Cotton Twine You’ll want to use cotton to get the effect on the RWB tassels.
- Beadalon Needles Seriously, these needles are worth the $4.50.! The large eye of the needle makes it easy to thread and the needle goes through just about any size of bead hole.
- Grapevine Stars (Hobby Lobby calls these ‘rattan’ stars. Remember to use the 40% off coupon!) If you can’t find them at HL, you can purchase them HERE and spray paint them.
- Red and Blue craft paint (I love DecorArt’s Americana Line. Buy them at your local craft stores. Amazon is too expensive!)
- Paint Brush(es) I’m a paintbrush snob, and these are actually amazing and cheap… seriously.
Actually, there is no prep! We’re just going to dig right in.
- Cut a strand of cotton twine about 12 inches longer than the full length desired for your finished wooden bead garland. So, if you want a 3-foot string of wooden beads, cut the twine to 48″. Thread your Beadolon needle by flattening out the end of your cotton twine (wetting it helps).
TipWARNING: Don’t hold the eye of the needle in your mouth. Your tongue juth MAY get caught in it. Yeth, yeth it happenth!
- Thread the twine through your one bead, and
- Pull the bead all the way to the end of the twine.
- Leave about two inches of twine at the end (sorry… in the photo, I flipped the end over… the needle is to the left now.) Now set this part aside for a minute or two.
Creating a Tassel for Your DIY Wooden Bead Garland
- (a) Take your ball of twine and wrap it around a 4 to 5-inch envelope. I wrapped mine 20 times. (b) Slip the twine off the envelope and (c) slide it onto the long side of the twine.
- (a) Take the needle and go back up through the bead, pull tight and (b) tie a knot at the top of the bead.
- (a) Take scissors and cut through the twine (opposite end from the bead) and (b) trim some of the uneven ends (you can do this again after you bind the tassel). (c) From your ball of twine, cut a 3 to 4-inch length and wrap it around the twine near the bead (I left about an inch between the bead and the binding.) Tie in a double knot and trim off the excess. (You can trim the bottom of the tassel again if needed.)
Stringing Your DIY Wooden Bead Garland and Tassel Number Two
- Now you can start stringing all your beads. String as many as you like, leaving about 6 inches of twine at the end to add the last tassel.
- Create another twine bundle for a tassel and slide it on to the twine, close to the last bead you added.
- (a) With the needle, thread the twine up through the last bead and (b) pull tight and add a knot by creating a loop around the twine between the two beads and then going back through the loop (that may be confusing… not sure how to explain it better. Sorry, I don’t have a pic.)
- (a) Take the twine up through the second bead, knot again, and clip off the remaining twine.
- Finish off your tassel as you did the first one above.
Finishing Touches for Your DIY Wood Bead Garland with Stars and Painted Tassels
- Take your stars and thread a few inches of twine through each one and tie onto your garland between beads. Sticking with the rules of decorating, I added an odd number of stars to the string of beads. I started with one in the middle and then added them evenly across the rest of the garland. (You can see in the finished product photos at the end.)
- To get the red, white, and blue effect on the tassel, simply use the dry brush technique. (a) Dip your brush in your paint (you don’t need much for this project). (b) Wipe most of the paint on your brush on a paper towel or craft cloth. (c) Brush the remaining paint onto the twine, being careful to go across the twine, not down the twine (go against the ‘grain’). (d) Be sure to go against the grain on the blue band, too (paint the direction of the arrows).
Last step? Let’s style this thing!
Your Finished DIY Wood Bead Garland with Stars
Because the red-white-and-blue accents are so understated on this chunky wooden string of beads, it’s a very versatile piece to use in your home decor. Today, let’s take a look at two ways it was used in My Wee Abode. (Guess what? A third way to style it is going to be posted on Tuesday morning!)
How ’bout using your bead garland in a bowl to accent a candle?
Don’t you love these sweet little rattan stars?!
They nestle so nicely in this ironstone bowl.
And here’s that fun little tassel… you can add as much paint as you like to achieve the color depth you want! And you can use different colors for different decor palettes!
Now, here’s how most decorators like to use these trending decor accents. Stringing them across a mantle or window pane.
Using the colors of our flag in this ‘quiet’ way actually looks pretty nice for the summer! The natural beads lend a nice contrast to the white window pane and greige wall.
I love my little black lanterns. Did you know that using a touch of black to your home decor can ‘ground’ an area that may be a bit too light and airy (yeah… I didn’t think it was possible for a home to be too light and airy, but it’s true!)
I picked up those little plastic star beads at Hobby Lobby, as well.
And here’s a straight-on view. Difficult to get a good perspective in a 10′ x 10′ room. 😉
Now It’s Your Turn!
What about YOU?! Have you added any of these popular wood bead garlands to your home? Do you like the stars added? Are you as “un-American” as I am, and prefer to skip the July 4th decor, or maybe just do it in a more subtle way? And even more important… Do you like these detailed tutorials, or would you prefer a more summarized way of presenting the steps?
Here are more DIY wood bead garlands from some of my fellow bloggers:
- Salt Dough Christmas Garland from Hearth and Vine
- How to Make a Wood Bead Garland from Little House of Four
- DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland from Inspired by Charm
Remember to come back early Tuesday! Not only am I sharing a third way to use this starry wood bead garland, but I have over 15 more friends sharing some patriotic decor, too!
Plus!!! Tuesday Turn About returns at 3pm PST!