Making a Wood Bead Garland - Ten on the 10th


Happy January 10th friends! Today is the day I join some friends for Ten on the 10th to share ideas for life that cost less than $10. We decided to have a Valentine's theme today because we are thinking ahead a little bit. That's rare for me so when Lisa of The Purple Hydrangea suggested it, I jumped on board!

Often when I write a post for this blog I think it sounds so hilariously funny in my head but it doesn't always come across that way. Just so you know, we are laughing our way through this one! :)



I've shared previously that I'm a want-to-be crafter.  This means I want to craft but I don't have the supplies on hand and I live in fear that my projects will look like crap something the dog dragged up.  However, I've been coveting the bead garlands seen all over blogs and Instagram and since there was no way I would pay the prices I've seen for them, I decided to give it a go.  With a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and about $6.00 I am now the proud owner of a bead garland. Here's how it went together:


I cued up my phone with a Podcast and started to paint these nicely sized beads in the carefully selected color that suddenly started to look like Pepto Bismol....and I realized that my beads were not beads but they were instead knobs! A knob has a hole on only one side, y'all! I put my jacket back on and was about to exit the house for another quick trip to Hobby Lobby when my sweet husband brought out the drill and suggested drilling the knobs.  You can see the model up above drilling the knobs while wearing rubber gloves. The rubber gloves prevent slippage. I considered using photo magic to remove the wrinkles from the model's neck but that looked more like plastic surgery gone wrong!  
This project really could not be any easier and in fact, it reminded me of the projects we did when I taught 4 year old babies! In my wisdom, I attempted to string the beads on crocheted ribbon which proceeded to disintegrate. I then strung them on white yarn and tied the pretty crocheted ribbon on the ends so that it magically looks like it's part of the garland but it's really not.  The metal heart was something I've had around the house for years and I don't remember where it came from. I knew it would have a great use sooner or later. 
So there you have it! My nod to Valentine's Day with my very own handmade $6.00 bead garland. ♥♥♥  Is it just me or does this color remind you of Dusty Rose circa 1980 something? 
Be sure to pop over to my much more crafty and smart friends to see what they have to share for less than $10. 

36 comments

Tammy Lagaly said...

Stacey,
I am laughing hysterically! You crack me up!!! First of all I have loved the beads for a long time too, but like you, didn't want to pay that much for a sting of beads. What a wonderful idea. I will definitely be trying this!!! Second, you don't know how many times I've almost hit the wrinkle fix button on PicMonkey! lol. Reminds me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding: "Grab my neck!". If you didn't see it, all the older women yell this to their friends to grab the back of their necks and pull the wrinkles out just before they have their picture taken. Awesome job!

Eilis said...

Your persistence paid off! The need to drill would have been a deal breaker for me. The garland turned out great and the heart is definitely the frosting on the cake.

NanaDiana said...

It looks great but I know that was a lot of unexpected extra work with the drilling needed. LOVE the color and the heart was the perfect 'finishing' piece. xo Diana

Laura said...

You made me spit out my coffee!!!
That is a wonderful bead garland, and I think you ARE a crafter.

PS-
I didn't include links on my being bold suggestions because they were all over $10.

#rulebreaker

Kim said...

Ok, so I love, love, love the beads. They are gorgeous, but your narration is the best. I did laugh all the way through and boy did I need that. Thank you my friend and Happy Valentine's Day!!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

You are a hoot! The bead garland turned out great despite the slight one hole dilemma! I think you've crossed over into the crafty girls' arena!

Andrea Nine said...

I am transported to the early 80’s but I gotta admit, I like the pink beads a lot! Your wit makes me grin! Happy day beautiful!

Katie Mansfield said...

Ummm. That is too funny. I have the same knobs/doll heads in my craft closet. I did exactly the same thing but have yet to drill the holes and string them together. I agree, those beaded garlands are really expensive. I too, was looking for a cheaper way. This is an adorable post. I love that metal heart!

taylorlisa said...

I love your pearls of Pepto Bismol! LOL, I would never have known they were knobs. I too have been coveting these trendy beads I see everywhere.

You just started a new trend. ;)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Ok, you had me laughing out loud this morning! Your garland did turn out cute!

Jeanie said...

Totally cracking up! I love that you kept it real. I stop at drill. The garland looks great, though! Four stars on creativity and perseverence!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Stacey I am so glad to hear that your husband came to the rescue. The end result is lovely and even if there were a few glitches along the way, it only helps to make us better as crafters. Your perseverance paid off big time.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

You are becoming a full fledged crafter! I am so proud of you! Very, very cute Stacey:)

The Sketchy Reader said...

This is very cute. I would like to make one, and I love the pink paint color!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

How sweet! Clever idea!

Lisa said...

Stacey, I love your “keepin’ It real transparency and you humor. I love all the beads too and I’ll tell you when I glanced at these I thought they were the felted wool and wondered where you’d found them. Great idea making the wood version. I’ve looked at the felting wool online a toyed with making my own. I have caved and bought a couple of strands, but would love some pastels. Great job!!!!

osterman3adopt said...

I think it looks great! It would only look dusty rose if it were paired with dusty blue haha. What podcasts do u like? I just started Business Boutique. Happy crafting! LauriePOP

Michelle Leslie said...

OMW Stacey, you had me grinning from ear to ear. I love the way you explain things and your knobby bead garland looks awesome.

Pam Richardson said...

You can’t deny your crafting savvyness! Your post is too cute as week as the beads!

Rita C. said...

Cute string of beads! You did not do that project on your new kitchen counter, did you?! You are too funny with the comment on the model. I love you.

Junkchiccottage said...

Too funny Stacey. You crack me up. That dusty rose color was the color of the bridesmaids dresses in my wedding in 1981 lol!
Kris

Creations By Cindy said...

Well girlfriend, I think you might wind up being the Craft Queen! It really is so cute! Love the heart too. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Cindy Richter said...

So cute, so crafty, so fun and so cheap! The perfect idea!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Love them! I'm going to have to jump on board as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
xoxo Jo

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I think you did a great job! And you ARE funny! :) Loved reading this!

justplainjilly said...

I got such a laugh out of this! Something the dog dragged up... lol.

I love the finished project and especially the price!

LARR- Feathering My Empty Nest said...

I loved your "love beads" post. You are a hoot! I can totally relate to your crafting issues. I often dream up a project and then find that I have no ability whatsoever to create said project. Nowadays, I try to look at crafting as therapy. It's fun and if it looks like a preschool project, I either hide it or tell people my niece made it.

Nancy Rosalina said...

Stacey, Hilarious 😂😂😂😂 really! I have to say when I looked at your pictures I couldn’t understand why there was a drill LOL then while reading about it I couldn’t stop laughing mostly bc I can totally relate! I think your beads are adorable and I love any shade of pink! 💗

Art and Sand said...

I love your pink beads! It makes me want to paint a wooden bead garland I made last year, but of course mine will be red,.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Well you certainly turned lemons into lemonade by solving your problem with that handy drill...now for me, I am not sure if my hubby would trust me with the drill...He says I am allergic to power tools! Love the way the beaded garland turned out!....Love the pink..perfect for Valentine's and I think Pepto Bismol is pretty! The heart is truly the perfect touch!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I applaud you on using that drill. I'm thinking of taking a class at Home Depot.

The bead garland is so stunning cute. I'd love to do something for the 4th of July. Maybe a wee one!!!

Thanks,

Jane x

Amy Johnson said...

It's very pretty! Great idea!

Ann Krucek said...

Ha! this is much better than what my dog dragged up!!! too, funny!! Your bead garland looks great, nice job!!

Cristina Garay said...

Hehe you made me laugh, Stacey! And I'm so glad you didn't give up and gave the drill a go! Love your beaded garland and the soft pink is perfect!

Jann Olson said...

Well, you made me laugh girl! I think it's darling. I bought some red beads at our local thrift and thought that I would sting them for something fun for Valentines.
hugs,
Jann

Kathleen Grace said...

Too cute, I laughed my way through the post. I hate power tools so I probably would have gone back to the store. The bead garland turned out great, which makes you a crafter, not a wanna be!