DIY Wood Bead Garland

Get the tutorial for DIY wood bead garland. This Christmas home decor craft is easy, affordable, and beautiful!

diy wood bead garland on Christmas tree

I am loving natural textures and tones for the holidays rights now. And wooden beaded garland seemed like the perfect accent for trees, mantels, wreaths, and more.

Making your own DIY wood bead garland is the perfect holiday home decor craft for three reasons:

  • It’s so easy.
  • You can customize the length of your garland.
  • It costs a fraction of what premade wood garlands costs.

And, of course, it looks amazing on all kinds of Christmas trees: simple green ones, as you can see above, as well as elegant flocked ones.

Let me show you how to make your own.

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The Best Materials for Wood Bead Garland

*Any strong jute or twine will work, but I liked the little additional sparkle of a gold and white baker’s twine. For ease of assembly and smooth draping, be sure that your piece of jute or twine is small enough to fit easily into the holes on your wooden beads.

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

Here is a video tutorial to walk you through the process (and be sure to look out for my helpful assistant on this one! 😉 ). Or you can read the written instructions below if you prefer.

This DIY wood bead garland is so easy to make!

  1. Gather materials and cut string

    Gather wood beads, twine, scissors, and tape. Cut the string to the desired length of garland plus approximately 10″ extra for the ends.wood beads, scissors, twine, and cedar garland

  2. Tape one end of the string

    Put a small piece of tape on the end of the string to make it easier to thread through the wood beads.
    string wood beads onto baker's twine

  3. Secure the first bead

    Thread a bead onto the twine or jute and tie it in place. To do so, string the bead to the end opposite the tape, leaving ~5″ of string at the end, and tie the string around the bead to make a stop for the rest of the beads.tie large wood bead onto string or jute to make garland

  4. String more beads

    String as many beads as needed to complete the garland. Stop when there are ~5″ of string left.
    string wood beads for long DIY wooded bead garland

  5. Secure the final bead

    As before, tie the twine around the last bead to act as a stop for the other beads.secure final bead for DIY wood bead garland

  6. Decorate with wood garland

    Drape the garland on a tabletop, the Christmas tree, a fireplace mantel, doorways, stairwell railing, or wreaths.
    wood bead garland as tabletop decoration

Variations on Wood Bead Strands

Like all the best crafts, you can customize this to make it your own by choosing different colored beads, adding ribbon or jute tassels, or varying your bead size.

For example, this set of 1000 wood beads would allow you to make a beautiful strand with a mix of smaller and larger beads.

Other Christmas Decor Crafts

Looking for more creative holiday decor ideas? Be sure to pin this project for later and check out all the other projects below.

how to make diy wood bead garland

A special thanks to my friend Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing this group!

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How to Make a Christmas Wood Bead Garland at She Gave it a Go

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  1. Your wood bead garland turned out stunning! This is one of my favorite crafts to make, and I love your natural colored beads.
    Thank you so much for sharing, friend.

    Yay for Christmas!

  2. So lovely, Rachel! Last year I made some ornaments with wood beads, but now you’ve got me thinking about trying a garland. Thanks for joining me for this series!

  3. Rachel this is awesome and I’m going to try it. I had been looking at wood bead garlands and was hesitant, because of the price and I really don.t need anything else for Christmas decorating. This is doable., thank you.

  4. I love how pretty and simple this is and they can be used in so many different ways. Smart idea to use the tape on the twine!

  5. Such a simple yet great tutorial! After a Christmas tree mishap last year that resulted in broken ornaments and scratched resurfaced wood floors I decided to look for a different way to decorate this year. I fell in love with this garland as soon as I saw it, and I think it’s just what I’ve been looking for! Can’t wait to get decorating soon.

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