As we have quite a lot of big projects on our plate for 2018, I wanted our first DIY post to be something quick, easy and affordable: assembly takes only minutes, and it’ll cost you less than $10. Besides, they look great wherever you put them. So it is definitely my kind of DIY!
So what do you think? Did the photos convince you to make a wood bead garland? Then let’s gather the materials first, shall we?
- 2 Tassels – click here to see how to easily DIY all sorts of tassels: leather, yarn or embroidery tassels. Or if you don’t want to DIY them, then click here to see what kind of tassels Amazon has in store for you. 😉
- A small piece of craft wire
- A pair of scissors
- Hemp cord or cotton twine
- Wood beads – I got two sets of beads from Amazon: one is a set of mixed-size beads, and the other one was a set of 3/4 inch (20mm) beads.
- Glass evil eye beads / nazar beads (optional) – these glass evil eye beads come in different sizes: Here are some big ones and some smaller ones if you want to try them out.
Now if this is the first time you are hearing about evil eye beads (nazar beads), you’re probably thinking “wwwhhhaaaat??” – LOL. It is ok, though – the concept of the evil eye is a Mediterranean and West Asia thing (click here to read more about it), so I wouldn’t expect many of you to know about it. Basically, it is a glass charm or talisman that is believed to protect you and your beloved ones and everything that belongs you from the “evil eye” – a curse put upon you behind your back by the jealous eyes and bad thoughts of others. It is not a superstition, nor is it a religious thing. The evil eye is a cultural thing 😉 We Turks almost always have glass evil eyes somewhere in our houses, so as you may guess, I already had some on hand, and that is why I wanted to incorporate some evil eye beads with these wood bead garlands. [I want to add to this that Turks believe that the glass evil eyes absorb bad energy, and when they are full, they break, thus dispelling all of that bad energy. Turks nearly celebrate when an eye breaks, because they feel they’ve been spared all of that bad energy. Likewise, they celebrate the accidental breaking of any glass, as that too is believed to dispel all bad and negative energy. And really, I mean any glass – no matter how big or valuable. Don’t believe me? I’m living proof. After you read this awesome post of Handan’s, click here to read what I’m yapping about 🙂 -Greg]
Now that we have the materials list out of the way, let’s start making some wood bead garlands, shall we?
Next, I started threading the beads and the tassels in a pattern I like.
If you’d rather have single thread cord, you can tie your tassel on the end and finish your garland here. But I wanted my garland to be a little stronger, hence after threading the tassel, I carried on threading beads once again, but going backward this time (as can be seen from the pictures below.)
Once I finished threading the second time, I tied the two loose hemp cord ends to each other. When tying, I made sure the cord was tight but also loose enough to give some flexibility to the garland.
After tying a strong knot, I cut the hemp cord and tucked the ends of it into the bead hole. And that was that!
Aren’t these so simple to make? And they really look great wherever you put them.
Here is my favorite one – the one with the large evil eye beads! I have to say, I love adding this kind of little Mediterranean touch here and there. 🙂
As you can see, with those two sets of beads, I made quite a few garlands, so if you’re planing to make just one, I would suggest getting only one set of beads, as it will be more than enough to make a lovely wood bead garland.
If you have any other type of beads or some unused bead bracelets at home, you can also use them in your garland like I did with these metal beads.
I know there were quite a bit of photos, but I wanted you to see all different styled wood bead garlands: some with colored beads, some with leather tassels, some with sisal twine tassels, some just simple plain and some with mixed-size beads. Only one thing is common with all: they are very affordable and incredibly easy to make. So I hope you give these lovelies a try 😉