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I cannot get enough of these spring wood bead garlands with tassels! They are the perfect layer to vintage jugs or draped across a coffee table stack of books. These wood beads painted in spring colors are sure to brighten up your spaces and provide amazing texture. Plus, the tassels are easy to make and the perfect finishing touch.
Wood bead garlands have been gracing homes for some time now and I have always loved the look of them. There are endless possibilities of how to use them in your home. i made my wood bead garland a couple of years ago and have enjoyed it wrapped around these antique jugs. I was ready to change them up a bit and wanted to try my hand at painting them for spring.
After reading some articles on how to dye or paint wood beads, I decided I would just give it a go and try my own method basically because the others involved a lot of time lol. I will happily place a disclaimer here, and that is, I am lucky they turned out pretty in the end but along the way I was wishing I had cut the string and done a tried and true method.
So, for a fun, tie-dyed look, you can easily do my method. For a more solid colored bead, check Pinterest for dozens of ways to color them. I mixed the white paint with the blue and green to turn them into pastel colors. Then, I simply rolled them around in the paints. I was messy but fun!
Not knowing if they were going to turn out okay, I took them out into the sunshine and draped them over a branch to dry. Meanwhile, i started making the tassels that would go on the ends of the garland. Tassels are very simple to make and are that cherry on top with garlands!
You can use your hand or a piece of cardboard paper and just start wrapping it around and around until you get a thickness you prefer for your tassels. Then you will slide it off your hand or cardboard and tie a piece of the twine to hold it in place.
And then you simply cut the opposite end to split the circle. The final step is to take an additional piece of twine and wrap it a few times around the upper third of the tassel. You can tie them on to the ends of your garland. After I finished these, I walked outside and was very happy about how the beads dried.
It turns out that this more fun, tie-dyed effect is one that I really like! It is different and still allows some of the natural wood to show. Now, you can take the garland and find a place for it in your home. Where do you imagine yours going this spring?
Sitting in a bowl
Wrapped around glass vessels (jugs, jars, vases)
Draped across a rustic ladder
Mantel decor if you have several strands you can drape and layer
Sitting atop a book stack
Wrapped around terra cotta pots