A fun way to add color to a house that is painted a neutral white gray (our house) is to add decor items that are bright and colorful. Decor items are easier to change out than painting walls. This color blocked DIY bead garland is a perfect decor item to add some color. It is pretty simple and straight forward to make and the colors can be customized to match your decor. I wasn’t planning on staining the beads when I set out to do this project, but I love what the contrast between the stain and natural woods adds to the beads.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY bead garland:
- Acrylic Paint of Choice
- Paint Brush
- Natural Wood Beads (I used 3 bags of 20mm beads)
- Painter’s Tape
- Embroidery Floss
- Floral Foam Block
- Blunt Sewing Needle
- Stain & Dowel Rods (optional)
First, if you want to do some stained versions, then you are going to want to stain your beads first. I decided to make this step easier, to cut a wood dowel (I actually used shish kabob skewers but they were probably the size of a 1/8″ dowel) to 3 inches a piece. I then added tape on the bottom to hold the beads in place while I stained them. Next, tape half of the beads (both stained ones and some that I left plain) with painter’s tape.
After, you can hold the beads by the tape and paint or even use a tooth pick. I painted them and decided to use the foam block again to let the paint dry. Then, string your beads onto embroidery thread or string of choice with a blunt plastic needle. This part can be really fun at making a fun pattern or you can keep it completely random. String as many beads as you’d like then choose a fun spot to hang your new DIY bead garland.
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Havalah is a creative blogger over at Sisters, What! and is DIYer who loves to try anything creative. But especially loves to sew, craft and paint. She seems to have millions of projects going on at one time, but enjoys every minute of it.