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DIY Wooded Bead Garland for Valentine’s Day

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You could literally make these with just 2 products (beads and twine) but I decided to fancy it up a bit.


Natural Wood Beads in Various Sizes
Food Coloring (I used red since I did not have pink)
Natural Jute Twine  OR  Hemp Cord   (If you are stringing tiny beads it’s going to be hard using the twine, this hemp cord was perfect)

How To Dye The Beads

There are so many tutorials out there on how to dye wood using various methods but I really didn’t want to head to the store and then a little light bulb went off in my head, Food Coloring!

I mixed red food coloring with a few tablespoons of water in an egg container and placed the beads into the mix. I left them to soak for about 5 minutes and placed them on a paper towel to dry.  If you want to lighten the color for the next batch, add a splash of water, to darken the color add a drop of dye.


Making the Garland

Thread your beads one by one onto the hemp cord in your desired pattern until you are happy with the length. I used about 55 beads for this one.

Tie a knot at the end of your twine or cord.

Making the Tassel

I used yarn for this but you could use twine as well. Take your yarn and begin wrapping it around your fingers about 20 times.  Carefully remove from your hand. The more you wrap the thicker your tassel will be.

Thread your hemp string inside the middle of your loop and tie a knot to attach it to your beads.

Take a small piece of yarn and tie it around the top portion of your tassel and tie off with a knot.

Snip the bottom loop portions of your tassel and trim as needed.



You could display these on a tiered tray, wrap around a vase, set in a bowl, the options are endless.


Such an easy project with so many different options, I hope you have some fun creating these!
















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