DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas here on Inspired by Charm. ‘Tis the season to DIY!

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

That’s right. For Day 10 of this series, I’m sharing a fun and colorful DIY that you can use to decorate your home for the holidays and beyond. Check out my DIY Oversize Wood Bead Garland.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

For the past year or so, I’ve been seeing these wood bead styling strands pop up on some of my favorite blogs and in home decor magazines.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

In essence, the strands are oversize wood balls on a string that you can use to decorate a shelf, style a coffee table, etc. Because of their size and shape, they add texture and movement to a vignette. And during the holidays, they can double as a beautiful garland. On their own or tucked in pine, they bring a rustic modern element to your decor.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Typically, these wood bead styling strands are left natural. However, because I like more color in my life, I decided to paint a few of the beads to give the strand a little holiday spirit. I was also itching to paint because my friends over at Fusion Mineral Paint sent me samples of their new color collection. The Bayberry, Fort York Red, and Cranberry were just begging to be used in my holiday decor. (Stay tuned to find out how you can enter to win a collection of paints from Fusion Mineral Paint.)

I’ve been a big fan of their paint after using it several times this year for projects like my Coffee Tray, DIY Serving Board, and Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

So, with all of those ideas spinning around in my head, I got to work. Let me show you how I put this together.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

For this project you will need:

Round wood ball: 2-inch, 1.50-inch, 1.25-inch1-inch
Square wood cube: 1.5-inch
Leather cording
Drill
3/16″ drill bit
Scrap piece of wood
Gripping pliers
Sand paper
Fusion Mineral Paints
Paint brush

To begin, gather a variety of wood beads. (The ones I used are linked above.) You can use any combination you like. My finished strand was five feet long and contained 49 wood beads.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Next, drill a hole in each bead. Grip the bead with a pair of pliers and drill into the center using a 3/16″ bit. Use a piece of scrap wood below the bead to protect your surface.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

(This drill bit makes a hole that allows the cording I used to slide through nicely. However if you choose a different cording, you may need a different size drill bit.)

With all of your holes drilled, use a piece of fine grit sand paper to clean up any rough edges.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Now, you’re ready to paint. I selected four coordinating seasonal colors from Fusion Mineral Paints. They include Bayberry, Fort York Red, Cranberry, and Lamp White.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

For easy painting, I threaded the beads on a wood skewer and then inserted the skewer into the side of a cardboard box. This allowed me to paint the entire bead without getting paint all over my hands.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

I gave each bead two coats.

Once the beads are dry, string them on your leather cording. Again, you can choose any order you like. I made a repeating pattern with the smallest beads at the end. The painted beads are evenly spaced on the garland.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Once the beads are strung, leave a couple inches of cording on both ends and finish off each end with a knot. (The extra cord will ensure that there’s some give in the strand so that it’s flexible and easy to shape.)

And with that, your project is complete!

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Now, you can enjoy styling the garland all over your home.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

As I said above, it looks great strung on the mantel, just lying on the coffee table, or spilling out of a bowl.

What I love about this project is that when the holidays are over, you can easily replace the colored beads with ones that fit the new season or your everyday decor.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

This is a decorative piece that easily transitions from season to season, allowing you to use it all year long.

Plus, with dozens of wood bead shapes and sizes and lots of colors from Fusion Mineral Paints, the options are endless.

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

What do you think? Will you give this DIY Oversize Wood Bead Garland a try?

If you do, you’re going to need some paint. That’s why my friends over at Fusion Mineral Paint were super excited to join in on the 12 Days of Christmas fun!

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m giving away a $250 credit to Fusion Mineral Paint to one lucky IBC reader! That will make for quite the paint supply, don’t you think!?

DIY Oversized Wood Bead Garland | Inspired by Charm

To enter to win, use the entry form below. (Those viewing this on a blog reader may need to visit the actual post by clicking here.)

 


 

This giveaway is open to readers in the United States and Canada. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm ET on Tuesday, December 20. The winner will be randomly selected, contacted by email, and announced at the top of this post.
 

Best of luck to everyone!!

Don’t forget – there are two more days in this special holiday series. See you back here tomorrow for more festive fun!

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2016

Comments

  • Mary Wilding at

    Such a great idea and fairly easy for us DIY novices to implement!

  • Cynthia Brooks at

    There is a warm coziness about those wooden beads, festive and at the same time not so precious.I love the combination with the felt? bead garland and I love how versatile they are just by changing the colors! Another thing I can make for decorations yay!

  • Antonella | White House Crafts at

    Love the garland, it’s so festive! It’s funny that you posted this tutorial right now…I was painting wood beads last week in a similar fashion, except I tried with a sponge brush. Happy holiday!

  • Kim R at

    I have some wood that needs some paint – I hope I win! 🙂
    It’s a great project, along will all of your other ideas in the 12 days of Christmas. You are an inspiration, Michael!

  • JoeyfromSC at

    Very cool project! I could manage to mess it up though lol

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’ll never know until you try!! 😉

      xo Michael

  • Mel at

    Love their paint. One of my go-tos for furniture projects.

    I may just try these beads now! Saw something similar in store last week and it was crazy expensive. Cheaper and way more fun to DIY.

  • Mandy Campagna at

    Great DIY! Love it

  • CathyH at

    That was a lot of work but the garland is wonderful and you can enjoy it for years to come. Great idea!

  • Deb at

    So exciting!!! Love this paint!

  • M. Heron at

    Exciting!

  • M. Heron at

    Wow! Would love to win this!

  • Elaine Butler at

    Would love to win!

  • KC F at

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway and the wood bead garland tutorial, love them both!

  • Lee Ann at

    Cool idea

  • Barbara LaBine at

    Love Fusion paint! It transforms tired pieces into beautiful treasures!

  • Olivia at

    What a wonderful project! Holidays are just around the corner and we have to be prepared for them in the best way we can. This is a good example of getting in the holiday spirit.

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