This post is for those people of you who have been asking about my large wooden bead garland from last year. It’s one of the number one items in my home that people ask about and I have been thinking about a way for you guys to make your own wood bead garland since Pottery Barn stopped selling it. The large wooden bead garland was originally pretty pricey at their stores too and then finally dropped to clearance which is when I purchased it.
Wood beads aren’t really all that cheap on Etsy and Amazon and they sure aren’t widely available, especially in larger sizes. I’d call the wood beads on mine huge. So the other day when I was looking at my chaise in our bedroom and saw the wooden feet on it, I had a light bulb moment. And I went on an extensive internet search for wooden furniture feet.
So here is my idea of how you can make your very own unique large wooden bead garland…
DIY large wooden bead garland
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Supplies needed to make a large DIY wood bead garland
- different furniture legs HERE, HERE, and HERE or the ones in mine look like a modern peg legs.
- variety of large unfinished wood beads (examples HERE or HERE)
- wood stars
- power drill
- long thick drill bit HERE or HERE
- jute twine
- large needle for threading twine
TIP: Or you can take wooden body massagers apart and use the affordable various-sized wood beads from that to make your own garland. This massager only costs around $8 and has about 31 large beads on it. You can’t find that price for wood beads at any craft store 😉
Instructions for making a large wooden bead garland
The instructions are super short because it’s really a straightforward and easy tutorial, where you don’t need to do a lot of steps.
If you are buying legs or beads from Etsy then you can just ask the shop owner to maybe drill the holes for you all the way through the legs or beads. If you are buying from a home improvement store then you need to remove the screw and drill the holes yourself with the long drill bit.
Thread the long piece of jute onto the large needle and stack a variety of the furniture legs and beads onto the twine to form a strand. The length of the garland depends on your specific needs. I liked switching up the bead size.
Loop and knot the ends so you can hang the garland from a hook or nail.
I added the large wooden stars to the garland because I love the look.
Different photos of the large wooden bead garland hanging in our home
Here is a sneak peek of where the garland ended up this year. The fireplace mantel has been my favorite place to hang it for sure.
Also, check out my snowflake and pinecone canvas artwork I made for the fireplace. They are so easy to make!
Or you can use the unfinished wooden furniture legs and beads to make your own wood bead pendant light as I have in our kitchen:
Where to buy large wooden bead garlands
As for me, I love a huge chunky version. Mine is super heavy though but I was able to hang it with strong command hooks. And I love having the garland in my house all year long as regular home decor and not just holiday decor.
- If you are buying legs or beads from Etsy then you can just ask the shop owner to drill the holes for you all the way through the legs or beads.
- If you are buying from a home improvement store then you need to remove the screw and drill the holes yourself with the long drill bit on your drill by placing the leg in a vice and then drilling the hole all the way through where the screw was earlier
- Thread the long piece of jute onto the large needle and stack a variety of the furniture legs and beads onto the twine to form a strand. The length of the garland depends on your specific needs. Alternating the bead size gives the garland interest.
- Loop and knot the ends so you can hang the garland from a hook or nail.
You can also use a wooden body massager and take it apart to use the affordable various-sized wood beads to make your garland.