Beading garlands are a simple craft for children or adults. Use garlands in home decor or holiday decorations. Any kind of bead will work, the only limit is your creativity. You can thread other items onto your garland as well, such as paper shapes or popcorn. Create patterns and designs while watching TV, movies or just spending time with family. Recycle old necklaces by reusing the beads in your garland crafts.
Hanging garland on the Christmas tree, as well as along the mantel or above the door, can brighten up a room for the season. Thread red and green beads for a classical Christmas look, or intersperse them with gold and silver for something more flashy. Match your Christmas tree decoration colour theme, or use complimentary colours. For a unique idea, use pastel colours to match your decorations.
Use natural materials for a rustic look, such as wooden or clay beads. Create your own beads by drilling holes in found objects. A thin log or stick can be sliced into rounds, drilled, and threaded. You can also use acorns, shells, nuts and leather pieces. In the autumn you can make garland by interspersing dried leaves with beads.
Depending on the intended use of your beaded garland, you can choose appropriate material for threading. Fancier designs can use ribbon or silk thread. More natural designs can use twine or wool. Be creative in your choices, recycling shoelaces or wrapping materials.
Creative Uses for Garland
Garland, once made, can be used in other craft projects. Put up a curtain of hanging beaded garland strands over a doorway for an airy and decorative design. You can also use fancy garland for gift wrapping, children's jewellery or cake decorations. You can even wrap them into, or around the stems of, a bouquet of flowers.
Mix your beads with other paper ornaments on your garland. For Easter you can string paper flowers or rabbits onto your garland. Cut them out of sturdy paper such as construction paper or cardboard. For a photo garland, attach ribbon hoops to the back of photos and then string them among your beads.
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