If you’ve been following along here for any amount of time, you know that DIYs are few and far between on this blog. This girl is hopeless with any kind of glue gun, power tool, or really any craft supply in general, but every once in a while I manage to pull off a super easy project. And when I say super easy, I mean reeaallly super easy.
Well, guess what? I have just such a project to share with you today… 😉
You all know those strands of wood beads I’m obsessed with, right?
I move them around from season to season, but they can always be found somewhere in the room. Their subtle texture is the perfect finishing touch for just about anywhere. Both of mine were found on clearance at Pottery Barn, and sadly they’re no longer available – but why not make your own?
This was such an easy project, I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to try it sooner. All you need are some wood beads (I found mine at Hobby Lobby but any craft store should sell them), twine, and a scotch brite pad.
Hobby Lobby had two different shapes of beads available so I decided to combine them both for my strand. I ended up using about two bags of round beads and about one and half bags of the oblong beads.
I started by cutting a piece of twine about 32 inches long, and then began stringing the beads in a pattern of two round and one oblong. You can make your strand shorter or longer if you wish – there are no exact measurements required for this project!
What I didn’t do that I would probably do next time, is tape the end of the twine before stringing any beads. The twine starts to fray, so a small piece of tape wrapped around the end would prevent this and make stringing even easier.
Continue stringing the beads in this pattern until you come close to the end of your twine, but still have enough left to tie. Secure both ends with a tight knot and cut any excess.
If you like the finish of your beads, then you’re done – go decorate!! But if you’re like me, and want to knock down some of the sheen on your beads, grab that scotch brite pad and lightly scuff the surface until you get a finish you’re happy with. Wipe any leftover dust with a rag.
Didn’t I tell you this would be super easy?! And it’s definitely worth a mention that the cost of this project was only about ten dollars (much less than the Pottery Barn version), and only took a few minutes of time to complete. So for just a few bucks and a few minutes, you can have the perfect accessory to use absolutely anywhere around your home.
So what do you think of this simple wood bead vase filler? Is this something you plan on giving a try?