How to Make a Wood Bead Garland (for Christmas)

Hey friends!

I’m excited to share my first Holiday post with you!

I’m partnering with Krylon for a fun little project that is so easy and a great gift idea for yourself or others!

Wood bead garlands are ALL the rage right now!  It actually showed up on the decor scene a few years ago, but it was mostly natural wood beads.  Over the years, this decor item has morphed into all different kinds of sizes, colors, and designs!  And it has also been fun watching how you can create different garlands for each season. 

I have been wanting to make a wood bead garland for FOREVER, so I was so excited to try this project, especially for the holidays.  I’ve already decided to make more of these to give as Christmas gifts to my family. :)

The supplies are simple for this project.


  • Krylon Spray Paint in colors of your choice
  • Wood beads in the sizes of your choice 
  • Jute string
  • Seasonal ribbons (if desired)
  • Small dowel rods
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Optional:  Small ornaments or gift tags for garland


I’ve watched wood bead garland tutorials where they paint each of the individual beads with craft paint and a small craft brush, but that would take WAY too long for me.  A more efficient way is to use spray paint, so I used Krylon’s Fusion All-in-One spray paint in Matte Red Pepper, Satin Spring Grass, and Satin White.

Krylon® Fusion All-In-One®  , with 5X Stronger Adhesion*, can be used on almost any surface – even difficult ones like plastic and ready-to-assemble furniture. It doesn’t require sanding or priming, protects against rust, and has a No-Peel Guarantee. It’s everything that project people need. All in one.

Using Krylon Fusion All-in-One spray paint on my wood beads gives them a beautiful, smooth, and even finish.  I placed the beads on dowel rods and spray painted them inside my cardboard box…

I also spray painted my snowflake ornament Satin White on both sides before using it on my garland.  (The picture below is before I spray painted it.)

To see the complete tutorial of how to put the garland together, check out this video:

I absolutely LOVE how cute the garland turned out so much, that I made another one that same day!  But this time I used two different spray paint colors…

I used Krylon’s Fusion All-in-One paint in Satin Espresso, and Krylon Chalkboard paint that I already had it on hand.  

I decided to make a neutral garland that can be used year round, so I used the colors black, brown, and natural wood beads.  

For the tassel, I used light and dark jute string, and I added a wooden “Merry Christmas” tag that can be removed after the holidays.  Isn’t she cute?!

Now I’m dreaming up what other wood bead garlands I can make.  I’m thinking maybe shade of pink for Sania’s room?….

Have you ever made a wood bead garland?  What colors would you use?

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  1. How would you use these? Could you show us pictures? I love the ones you made. So fun. Would you drape them out of a bowl on a table? When I first started to read your post I thought you meant for a Christmas tree. I’ve had red beaded garland….. long strings of it, on my tree for years. Love it. I redid my family room and bought beaded garland in natural from pottery barn and I didn’t look at size dimensions and when it came the beads were huge. Lol I returned them. Plus, spendy, but I actually didn’t pay for them as I got reward money from buying my furniture with their credit card. Great post.

  2. I so am going to a make these! I’m going to give one to each of my quilting bee friends! Perfect! Love it! Great detailed instructions. Thank you!

  3. I’ve had a plain wooden garland that I have been meaning to get painted, but was planning to use craft paint. The tediousness of that idea has had me putting it off. I love the idea of spray paint! It truly is more efficient. Thank you for the inspiration

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