I made the cutest little Fall decorating accessory the other day! I have to show you how I made this Fall bead garland.
The best part….it’s so cheap to make!!! That’s my favorite kind of DIY
I started with a bag of wood beads from the Dollar Tree.
I took a super thin wood dowel and strung a bunch of beads on to give them a quick coat of cream colored spray paint.
String The Beads
Once they were dried I was ready to make the garland!
I used a jewelry wire and strung the beads on; there were 3 different sizes of beads and I did them in a random pattern.
You could make this as long or short as you want to, depending on where you want to use it.
When my garland was long enough for where I wanted to hang it I slipped a big bead over both ends of the wire.
Chalk Paint (cream then copper)
After I finished stringing the beads I gave them a quick touch-up of the same color chalk paint. I could see a little of the original bead colors at the ends of the beads where the spray paint didn’t touch.
I did a light touch of copper chalk paint all over the garland. I did a dry brush technique where I dipped my brush in the copper paint then brushed most of it off onto the paper towel before hitting the beads with my paint brush. Dry brushing is a great way to get just a hint of color or detail onto anything you are painting.
I painted a wood maple leaf ornament ( they come in a bag of 5 at the Dollar Tree) with the copper chalk paint…gosh, this color is stunning!!
Putting It All Together
I strung jute twine through the leaf ornament.
I made a loose knot with the ends of the wire ( large enough for the twine with the leaf to fit through.
I put a little hot glue onto the wire and wrapped another piece of twine around it tightly.
The last step was to tie the ornament onto the wire loop at the end of the garland.
Ready to see how cute my $1 garland looks….