DIY Beaded Garland by Darlene Schacht
Last week I shared a DIY topiary tree tutorial, and since then I’ve had a lot of readers asking me about the rest of the items in the photo, wondering if I made them too, and if I’ll be posting another tutorial.
I didn’t make the birdhouse. I bought it at a store called Winners. If you ever come to Canada you have to visit Winners and Homesense. They’re the same company, but Winners carries mostly clothing while Homesense has household items. Homesense is my favorite store. I can and do spend hours at a time in there!
I digress… the birdhouse was a very dark brown wood when I bought it, so I decided to dry brush it because I was looking for something much lighter. The little stones were from Dollarama–I love them! I made the tray (and I will post a tutorial for that soon). As for the wooden beaded garland–it’s so easy to make! If you’d like to make your own , I’ll show you how I made mine:
- Using a 5 inch long piece of cardboard, wrap the cotton yarn around about 25 times (this will give you 50 strands).
- Slip the loops off of the cardboard, and onto a pen or a dowel. Using a long string (about 10 inches), tie them together near the top, just below the pen.
- Wrap the ends of the yarn around several times, then tie the ends together. (You probably know this already, but you’ll want to wrap the ends of the yarn in opposite directions or you won’t be able to tie them together). Using a small crochet hook or a darning needle hide the ends of the knot into the area you just wound.
- Clip the ends of the loops apart and trim slightly if necessary. If you are using jute, you would separate the ends.
- Paint your beads with craft paint. I did 20 in white and 10 in teal. Let dry for about 30 minutes.
- As you slide the pen out of the top loops, put a piece of wool in it’s place, you’ll want this wool to be long enough to thread all of the beads.
- Start threading your beads. If you don’t have a darning needle, put a little glue on the end of the yarn (let it dry for a couple of minutes) to make it stiff enough to thread. I was using two colors so I decided on a random pattern before threading, and wrote the pattern down.
- Finally my favorite part–tie the small loops together. This makes a nice little ball at the top of your tassel. Isn’t it cute? It gives your tassel a finished look. Note: It looks like my beads are loosely threaded here, but I made sure to firm them up before I tied the second tassel. Once you have tied the knot, hide the end of the string inside the tassel using a crochet hook, or a darning needle.
About the Author:
Darlene and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.
She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
Being the youngest of six girls in a house without boys gave Darlene the opportunity to watch, to listen, and to learn what it takes to manage an organized house.
My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for a comfy, pretty, and organized home. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.
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