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Since sharing my DIY Faux Fireplace and Christmas mantel decor a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had quite a few questions about the wood bead garland strung across my mantel. It’s actually a quick and easy (because that’s my favorite kind) DIY that I did as a last minute decision.
I had originally planned to use a colorful Christmas garland but decided to keep the look a little more simple and farmhouse-ish. Farmhouse decor continues to be all the rage, despite the soon to be loss of Fixer Upper, which I am still mourning by the way! I wouldn’t say my home is 100% farmhouse, but definitely a mix of modern farmhouse meets industrial meets I’m still working on it!
This garland is super easy and only requires two things, wood beads and something to string them on! I actually used beads from both Amazon and my local craft store because I originally ordered them from Amazon and then ran out about halfway through. The craft stores definitely offer more variety of sizes and you can buy exactly how many you need since each size is sold in separate packages. That being said, buying several packages was more expensive. Also, be careful about the large beads! I bought some and got home and realized they didn’t have holes, so I had to use a drill bit to actually drill holes through them.
With Amazon, they were cheaper and I also got a variety of sizes but there were a ton of little tiny ones that were way too small to use. Depending on the length needed, you could easily get a six foot (mine is just slightly longer) garland from two boxes on Amazon. I also love that they are unfinished wood and have a matte look to them. The first box below is exactly what I used.
I’m sure I made my garland very backward from how most would do it, but hey, like I said, it was last minute. I used twine from the dollar store and didn’t even cut the twine to start. I just started stringing the beads and pulled out more twine as I went. I followed somewhat of a pattern but also didn’t want it to be too perfect.
I started with a large bead, added a couple of medium sized beads, two to three small beads and then worked back to a large bead, starting all over again. Once I had a length I was happy with, I finished the end with a small bead (so it wouldn’t slide over a knot), cut the twine and tied a loop so I would have a way to hang the garland.
That’s it! So easy and I absolutely love it. I honestly think I might leave this as permanent decor. I love that it’s neutral and just adds a little extra something.
P.S. For my anti-DIY friends, or those who just don’t have the time, here is one of the many options you can buy right now on Etsy!