Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easy, Stained, Wood Bead Garland

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've shared a craft with you all so I thought I would show you how I made this super easy, stained, wood bead garland recently.
 
 
 
I love how it is not seasonal so it can stay up forever and it adds a great layer of texture and interest to our space.
 
 
 
 
Here's what you need: unfinished wooden beads in various sizes, a wood stain marker, leather cording and scissors.
 
 
 
Simply stain the beads using the stain marker. I used the marker for a couple of really important reasons. One, is that the beads are so small that using regular stain would have created a huge mess. Also, the marker is virtually odor free which is great when you are crafting inside your home.
 

 
The process of staining all of these beads (I used about 50) really didn't take that long. Here's a little tip. Plop all your supplies down next to your children and start working. Mine had completely thought I lost my mind when they saw me using a marker on beads. When I told them I was actually staining they wanted to try it out for themselves. They ended up staining more that half the beads for me. Score!
 
 
 
The beads dry pretty instantly so once the staining process is done, just string them randomly onto the leather cording, tie a loop at each end and cut off the excess.



 And, in case you're really astute you may have picked up, in the reflection of the mirror, that I changed the styling on the top of my Antique Pantry Cabinets. I was craving something more simple and modern and picked up a dip dyed basket at HomeGoods the other day. Loving these little changes!






 


13 comments:

  1. I love this project. It's so versatile. I could picture one for Christmas too.

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  2. Awesome!!!! I've been seeing these wood beads on Pinterest lately, but unstained. I love the dark tone! And way to go with that Jedi mind trick and getting out of staining them all! Lol!! :)

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  3. Fun project! I have never used a stain marker before but now I really want to try one.

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  4. Ooooooooh, I LOVE this. I pretty much want one, like right now. ;)

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  5. These looks great! I love the stained look!

    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  6. Love those! Every time I see a garland like this (I mean, not JUST like this, but any kind of simple but lovely garland), I think, "duh! I should make something like this!" and then I still haven't. boo.

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  7. I love this. I was actually pricing wooden beads for another project just a few days ago. I think I will order them soon.

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  8. Great use of something so simple! I really like the look you've created with this garland. Plus, I never knew wood stain markers existed! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love this- very hippy, very me ;P

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  10. This looks wonderful! My daughter would LOVE this! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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