Wednesday, September 9, 2020

how to make a handmade clay bead garland

Beaded garlands are so fun. Whether they are made out of clay or wood, or any other material, they make a great decorative accent piece.

I had some air dry clay left over from my leaf project, so I decided I would make some of my own.

I started out by making each bead out of 1 Tablespoon of clay.

Roll them into a ball. 

Use a skewer {I didn't have any so I made due with something else}
to poke a hole through the center of each one. 

Let them dry fully. For this size it may take up to a week.

Sand any rough spots off on a sanding block.

Using fishing line and a needle, string up the beads. You'll want to use clear. I used yellow for the purpose of this tutorial so you can see how I tied off the end.

 I used 27 beads to make up my garland.

When you get to the end, tie the end of the fishing line to the piece where you started, and pull it tight.
Trim off any excess.

You can paint them with any color, but I chose white.

Here is my hack for getting great coverage in one shot.

Hang a coat hanger with your beads from a tree branch and spray all sides. 

Let dry.

Repeat until you have a good full coverage.

Place on a stack of books, nestle them in a bowl among pumpkins, hang from a hook on your wall, so many possibilities!

 I hope you try this tutorial out and love it as much as I do!

If you are looking for more fall DIY ideas or crafts, click on the links below to take you there!

Five Fun Fall Arrangements at Finding Silver Pennies

DIY Fall Sign at Clean & Scentsible
Scrap Wood Fall Pumpkins at Tatertots and Jello
Macrame Garland at Life is a Party

DIY Abstract Art Our Best Tips at The Handmade Home
Modern Fall Lunaria Wreath at This is Simplicite
Painted Mason Jars at Dans le Lakehouse
Fall Macrame Wreath at Place of My Taste
Easy DIY Fall Shelf Decor at Cherished Bliss

DIY Glitter Pumpkins at Lolly Jane
DIY Rustic Fall Flower Arrangement at Pretty Life in the Suburbs
DIY Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box at She Gave it a Go

How to Make a Fall Wall Hanging at Cassie Bustamante
Elegant Fall Flower Arrangement at Rambling Renovators
Blush Fall Hoop Wreath Tutorial at Chrissy Marie Blog

xoxo, Melaine 


Cassie Bustamante said...

i love how that turned out! such a cool idea!

Jenn said...

Such a great idea! Love the texture that these add to any display!

Danielle said...

They turned out so great! I want to make some. LOVE it!

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