Thursday, April 9, 2020

DIY dyed wood bead garland

Hello there! Today some friends and I are sharing with you some fun spring garland ideas!

I have loved wood bead garlands and have wanted to try making one of my own, so that is exactly what I did! 

It was surprisingly easy to make these garlands and I am obsessed with the "tie dye" effect they have, which was a happy accident!

To start with you will need unfinished wooden beads. These are the exact ones I used. They are a pretty unfinished wood color. However, I wanted them to have a grey aged look so here is what you do to achieve that. 
Place some in a glass jar with lid. 

Pour in some of this to cover.  The longer you let it sit, the darker the beads will become. I gave mine a couple stirs with a plastic spoon then drained off the liquid after a couple minutes, maybe less. You can reuse this liquid so don't toss it!

 Blot off any extra moisture on a paper towel and you will get a great mottled effect, like tie dye.  I love the color they turned. 

Using a big needle and some jute twine, string the beads. You can make them however long you'd like. For reference, I used about 50 beads per strand. 

If you don't have a big needle you can add a dob of hot glue to the end of the twine. This makes it stiff enough to run through the holes in the beads. 

Tie the two ends together to form a loop with the beads, like a necklace.

 If you want to add a tassel, follow these simple steps.
Wrap your jute twine in loops. The easiest way to do this is to grab the end of a piece with your pinky and thumb, then wrap around your fingers to form the loops. The more loops, the fatter the tassel.
Tie off the top with another piece of twine.

Cut one end of the loop opposite the tie.

With the loose tie pieces, attach it onto your bead garland.

With another piece of twine, wrap the two sections of twine together to form the tassel. I used a bit of hot glue to secure the end piece. 

And that is it!

These look great on a stack of books, in a bowl, or loosely hung around the top of a bottle.

 I made about 4 strands out of the pack of beads I got. Each strand comes out to right around $5.00!
Not a bad price for these beautiful wood bead garlands!

You can experiment with different things to dye these with too! 
For brown try tea bags, coffee, or boiling and soaking the beads in walnut shells!

I tried the walnut shell trick and they turned this beautiful brown color.

I tried boiling blueberries and dying them in that but it turned out horribly. 

However, they are also really beautiful in their natural state, so you might not even want to dye yours! Get creative and have fun with it!

I am already thinking of fun ways to decorate for the holidays with these.

Here are some other garland and banner ideas that you might like to try. 

Simple Spring Garland - Twelve on Main // Easy Tissue Paper Garland DIY - Happy Happy Nester // DIY Wood Bead Garland - My Sweet Savannah // DIY Botanical Paper Banner - Today's Creative Life Spring Banner Craft for Kids - Finding Lovely // Spring Easter Garland Ideas - The Happy Housie // DIY Spring Wood Bead Garland - She Gave It A Go How To Make A Garland For Spring - My 100 Year Old Home // No-Sew Boho Banner - Cassie Bustamante // Spring Flower Garland - Craftberry Bush // Spring Garland - Life Is Better At Home

xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

cake mix box cookies

Baking has become a regular thing in our house now that we are all forced to stay home. 

I was trying to think of things for you all that are not only easy, but require ingredients that you may have in your pantry already!

These cookies are so tasty. You can experiment with any kind of boxed cake mix and any kind of frosting. I made this kind because these were what I had in my pantry. 

cake mix box cookies

Yield: 12
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 15 M


  • 1 box white cake mix {or any flavor}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tub of  vanilla frosting sold by cake mix {or any flavor}


How to cook cake mix box cookies

  1. Mix all ingredients together and scoop onto a wax lined cookie sheet.  This recipe should make 12 large cookies. 
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
  3. Frost and decorate how you'd like!
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If you don't have these ingredients on hand, pin any of these images to your recipe boards so you can easily access it later. These cookies are always fun to whip up when you are in a pinch for a sweet snack or dessert. 

Even if you don't consider yourself a baker, you will be able to make these perfectly every time. 

You can also add toppings such as sprinkles, m and m's, or anything else you might have.

Be sure to check out my "recipes" tab at the top of this page, you might find something you like!

Happy baking. 

xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

4 designers I love & their projects

With all this extra time on my hands, I have spent probably way too long browsing designers portfolios.

I have found some new {to me} designers and thought I'd share some pretty pictures with you. I think we could all use a little pretty in our lives right now!

The first set is from Grand Traditions Fine Homes. 

The next set is from Blackband Home And Design.

Next up is Muskoka Living.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

xoxo, Melaine 

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