Every so often, we like to switch things up around here and share a home decor DIY.
Do you ever see a home decor item on Pinterest, or on your favourite Instagram home decor account and think, “oh, I can make that!”? Then, you do a quick Google search and realize that it’s been done. A lot.
Well, even though that happened, I liked this DIY for its simplicity and sustainable, eco-friendly and natural elements — unfinished wood beads and unbleached cotton string. Also, DIY’ing this Bohemian wood bead garland was definitely cheaper than buying it, and that’s the goal of a good DIY, right? Plus, it was incredibly easy to make.
Learn to make an easy DIY Bohemian wood bead garland with cotton tassels. Adds a natural element and a hint of bohemian flair to your living space.
This garland requires two tassels — to make a tassel, wrap your string around your hand approximately 20 times, starting and ending with both end pieces going in the same direction (as shown in the photo).
Next, about a third of the way down, tie off the top part of the tassel then wrap your string approximately 12 -15 times around creating a uniform edge. Be sure to tie off the end that doesn’t include the already cut strings, which should be facing downward.
After wrapping, tie the ends in a tight knot, allowing the pieces to hang down and become part of the tassel, or clip them off and tuck them under the wound string, if you prefer.
Next, cut the bottom loop to create your tassel. Trim evenly, if necessary.
Use scotch tape to wrap one end of the cotton string (while it’s still on the spool) to create a stiff tip, and then thread the string through the top of your tassel. Don’t cut your string off the spool until you’re sure how much you need. You’re going to string the beads with your string doubled, so you need to pull the length of string you will require completely through, double it and then add a few inches BEFORE you cut your string from the spool. The length will depend on the amount of beads you plan to string.
Once you determine the correct length, tie a knot at the top of your tassel to anchor it. See photo. My garland was 48” long so the amount of string I cut was 100 inches. To begin stringing you beads, tape both pieces of your string ends together to create another stiff tip so that you can thread both pieces of string easily though the beads.
Once your beads are completely strung, cut off your double scotch taped end and pull one side of string through the top of your second tassel. With the other end of your string, create a knot at the top of the tassel, the same way you did with the first tassel. Tie your knot tightly, cut and hide the ends in the loop. Make sure the knot is secure before you clip the ends of your string.
You can also paint or wax your wooden beads. However, I liked the natural pale wood tone of the beads I chose so I strung them as is onto cotton string. You can also use a large embroidery needle, if you have one on hand, instead of the scotch tape method, but I find wrapping the ends of your string with scotch tape is easier and quicker.
Your finished Bohemian wood bead garland can be artfully strewn anywhere in your home. This decorative bead garland is perfect for quick coffee table or sideboard styling, and looks pretty draped over a vase of flowers. As well, depending on how long your finished wood bead garland is, it can also be used as decorative garland on your Christmas tree, or hung from your mantel, along with some greenery, during the holiday season. We may try this next Christmas and will update this post with a photo if we do!
Overall, this Bohemian wood bead garland is a very simple and inexpensive way to add a little natural wood element, texture and bohemian flair to your coffee table or sideboard vignettes. Draped gracefully over a pretty wood bowl, it can also function as a simple dining table centrepiece. That way you can actually see your guests rather than peering over a vase of flowers!
I know this wood bead garland isn’t for everyone but it was a simple project, the simplest DIY we’ve ever done in fact. They’re like jewelry for your home and we think homemade touches like this lend a personal touch to our living space.
Tell us what you think in the comments below. Can you imagine this Bohemian wood bead garland in your home?