How To Make A Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland With Dollar Tree Wood Beads and Twine

July 4, 2022

Farmhouse wood bead garlands are some of my favorite home decor acccessories. Today I'm going to share how to make your own farmhouse wood bead garland with wooden beads and twine from Dollar Tree.  

round basket tray eucalyptus garland DIY wood bead garland

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While multi-colored farmhouse wood bead garlands definitely exist these days, I've chosen to stick with the more traditional natural colored one. However, feel free to paint away and make your beads your own!

Supplies For Making A Wood Bead Garland

Dollar Tree wood beads package multiple sizes

1. wood beads (size of your choice), mine from Dollar Tree. I used only the largest bead which was approximately one half inch in diameter. This required me to use 4 packages of beads to get a total of 73 beads. I've saved the smaller beads for future projects.

Crafter's Square baker's twine plain striped red blue

2. twine (any color(s)), various thicknesses depending on your preference (these are from Dollar Tree as examples of what you can use, depending on the size of the bead's hole)

3. paint (optional -- I didn't paint mine)

4. paint brush (optional)

5. scissors

6. piece of cardboard or other strong material ( a book perhaps) or even your hand, to wrap the twine around (optional) -- I call it a "tassel form."

7. floral wire

How To Make Tassels For A Wood Bead Garland

navy blue throw with yarn tassels in French laundry basket

I've already blogged at length with detailed instructions explaining how to make a yarn tassel, which is essentially the same as a twine tassel. To save time (on my part) I am going to refer you to my previous post How To Make Yarn Tassels For A Cozy Fall Throw. Since those tassels were later attached to a throw, you can ignore the instructions relating to that part of the project since you'll be attaching them to your wood bead garland instead (that part will be explained below).

While I am listing a few tips from the yarn tassel post below, you'll still need read to read the post to get the detailed instructions:

  • The thickness of twine you use should be commensurate with the size of the tassel you want to make. For a stubby, more "full" tassel you'll want to use a thicker twine. For a longer, thinner tassel you'll probably want to use a thinner twine. I've purchased both types at Dollar Tree. 
  • The number of times you'll wrap the twine around your tassel form will depend on the thickness of your twine and the size of the tassel you're going for. Be sure to keep your twine in and around the same area of your book, or tassel form. In other words, don't wrap the twine from one side of your tassel form to the other. You want to wrap over and over in the same area.

How To Make A Wood Bead Garland

1. Decide how long you want your garland to be.

2. Figure out how many wood beads you'll need and how long you want the tassels to be. (See above for actual tassel making information.)

3. Cut your twine, making sure to include whatever number of inches you'll need at either end to attach to the tassels.

end of wood bead garland with extra twine

4. Make a knot on one end, again making sure to leave some length of twine for the tassel to ultimately be attached to, and start stringing your beads onto the twine. (I left 3 inches extra on each end.)

TIP: I always wrap a piece of Scotch tape around the end of the twine that I'm threading through the bead. This helps prevent fraying and makes the process go more smoothly. You can remove the tape when you're done threading the entire garland.   

both ends of wood bead garland twine

5. Once you've strung all your beads, tie a knot after the last bead, making sure to allow some length of twine remaining next to the knot so you can later add your second tassel to that end as well.

DIY wood bead garland

Here's the garland before I added the tassels.

6. Now it's time to review my prior post How To Make Yarn Tassels For A Cozy Fall Throw and make those twine tassels! 

wire cutters floral wire twine tassel

7. Once your tassels are complete it's time to attach them to your wood bead garland. Start by inserting a piece of floral wire into and through the top of your tassel.

4 wooden beads on twine with knot

8. Take that piece of wire and wrap it around the twine on the outside of the knot, twisting tightly in order to attach the tassel to it. 

two wooden beads floral wire twine tassel

9. Clip off any extra wire with wire cutters and, if necessary, hide any remaining wire by pushing it into the top of the tassel.  

10. Cut off any extra twine and make a small knot. You can also push the knot into the top of the tassel to camouflage it.

faux floral greenery natural baskets wood bead garland 

I was thrilled to be able to add it to my coffee table vignette that included various textures and a neutral color base.   

Aldi woven basket wooden farmhouse bead garland twine tassel eucalyptus garland

I wrapped my DIY wood bead garland around the rattan basket, weaving it in and out through the lamb's ear greenery. I added a store-bought wood bead garland as well. I think my DIY twine tassels fit the bill nicely.

two wood bead garlands faux lambs ear garland

The bottom garland was store-bought, while the garland above it is my DIY garland.

I believe they work well together.

rattan basket DIY twine tassel

I'm loving my DIY twine tassels as well.

boho rustic textured coffee table rattan basket faux greenery

Recently I've become enamored of natural textures (including faux greens) that I can mix in with my more traditional decor. The DIY wood bead garland is included in that category.  

The wood bead garland is something that was initially introduced as a farmhouse decor accessory. While farmhouse decor may eventually become passe, I believe wood bead garlands will be around for a long time to come. They're versatile and super easy to make. If you'd rather purchase some you can always find them online:

Well, that's it for today, friends!

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How To Make A Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland

With Dollar Tree Wood Beads And Twine

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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Well Dollar Tree does it again! I think this is just adorable and definitely the tassels really add to it.

Rita C at Panoply said...

I LOVE this! Pinning, and DT is winning! Again.

Colo Junkett said...

I love your basket, Very nice tutorial with the bead garland. I can string beads, but really haven't mastered the tassels. I'll be trying your method its seem straight forward. Thank you.

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