This holiday season is really flying by! I can’t believe we are already into mid-November. It’s finally cold outside and I’m enjoying every opportunity to cozy up with my husband and dog inside. Though I don’t do a ton of decorating for Thanksgiving, it’s nice to have a few fall decorations up to add some extra warmth to our home.
Speaking of decorations, I have definitely seen many varieties of wood bead garland around, and though I think the idea is really fantastic I have never bought them. Why? Because making them would be too damn easy! So I decided this year I would use them as part of my fall decor.
I had some leftover clay from this DIY terrazzo incense holder, so instead of using wood, I made my own clay beads. Then I strung them on some fishing line and made a couple of tassels out of veg-tanned leather. I even used a hack for the tassels; instead of sewing them I hot glued them together.
The whole project is really satisfying to make. This DIY clay bead garland will only take about an hour and the results are perfectly stylish. Let’s get to making!
Supplies needed for clay bead garland
five packs of Sculpey in a few neutral tones
one sheet of veg-tanned leather
hot glue and a hot glue gun
Step one: Roll 19 quarter size clay beads.
Step two: Use the skewer or something sharp to poke a hole through each of the beads. Touch up the beads as needed.
Step three: Use the wax paper to cover the baking sheet. Then bake the beads as the package directs.
Step four: Let the beads cool, then string them onto the fishing line in a pattern. Once all the beads are strung, tie a triple knot on each end; allow for about a half-inch of slack from the bead to where you cut the fishing line.
Step five: Cut two pieces of leather 2 inches by 3 inches. Then cut several snips about one-inch long to create the tassel effect.
Step six: Apply a layer of glue to the edge of the textured side of the leather, then place the knotted piece of fishing line on top of the glue.
Step seven: Tightly roll the leather one time then apply another line of glue and tightly roll the leather again. Continue this process until the leather is rolled into a tassel.
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