DIY Wood Bead Garland With Tassels

4 Materials
1 Hour

Learn how to make inexpensive DIY wood bead garland with tassels. This lovely homemade garland adds an element of natural wood texture to any living space. Use this simple garland to style your coffee table, sideboard, holiday mantel, or to add a touch of bohemian or farmhouse flair to any corner of your home.

For this project, you will need:

  • natural wood beads
  • cotton string
  • scissors
  • scotch tape (optional, but makes stringing your beads easier)

This bead garland is ordained with 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 below.)

Next, about a third of the way down, tie off the top part of your 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. You can also clip the ends off and tuck them under the wound string, if you prefer.

Next, cut the longer bottom loop to create your tassel. Trim the ends to make your tassel even, if necessary. Repeat these steps to create your second tassel.

Next, use scotch tape to wrap one end of your cotton string (while it’s still on the spool) to create a stiff tip. Then, thread the string through the top loop of your tassel. (See photo below).

Note: 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. See our post here for the exact measurements.

To make stringing two pieces of string through the beads easier, tape both pieces of your string ends together with scotch tape to create another rigid tip.

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 in the same way you did with the first tassel.

Tie your knot tightly, cut and hide the ends in the loop. Be sure the knot is very secure before you clip the ends of your string.

It's really that simple! We think this garland would also look lovely draped on a Christmas tree or strewn over a fireplace mantel during the holiday season.

The styling possibilities are endless.

For more photos of the finished wood bead garland styled in our home, as well as an even more detailed tutorial, please see our post here.

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  • Doris Doris on Jan 28, 2020

    I love your post and it was very easy to understand and follow. What size wooden beads did you use?

    • A Life Adjacent A Life Adjacent on Jan 28, 2020

      Hi Doris, thank you! We're glad the tutorial was easy to follow. We used 25mm (or 1" ) beads. Hope this helps!