Ombre DIY Wooden Bead Garland

A string of natural wooden beads with tassels is so popular for farmhouse decor these days. When I saw a container of assorted beads at the dollar store I decided it's time I finally make one, but with a twist. Instead, I made an Ombre DIY Wooden Bead Garland painted gradient pink. It's budget-friendly and easy to make and I'll show you how.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

Gradient Pink Ombre DIY Wooden Bead Garland

It all started with a package of wooden jewelry beads from the dollar store. I found them a year ago with the intention of making a natural wood bead garland. But I forgot about them until a few weeks ago when I was getting set to make some valentine's crafts.



I also had four glass jars of custom gradient pink chalk paint leftover from the Pink Ombre Waterfall Dresser Makeover and the Ombre Valentine Heart Vase. I thought how pretty would the wood beads look painted those colors for Valentine's decor.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

On one end I made a tassel with natural twine and the plan was to make another for the opposite end. But, I found something even better in my stash.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

I did the happy dance when I stumbled upon two white wood hearts in the same drawer as the twine. The perfect embellishment for the opposite end of the garland. I love it when a project comes together so easily with things I already have on hand.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

As I was getting ready to add them to the garland I remembered I had ordered some decor transfers several months ago and hadn't even opened the package yet. They were the perfect size to transfer onto the hearts and add a romantic touch to the banner.



As luck would have it, they had natural twine connecting them together so they were a perfect match for the tassel.



I swear, all these serendipitous elements fell together one-by-one without any effort on my part.



It's like the dollar store beads were saying,
"I've waited an entire year to become a pretty valentine garland!"


A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

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Here's how I made it

A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

First up is painting the wood beads in a gradient pink color starting with the darkest shade.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

I painted twelve 1/2 inch diameter wooden beads per shade, alternating the style of bead. I found it easier to paint the beads on a wooden skewer stuck in florist foam (it's all I had on hand).




A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

The FAT Paint Company colors (not an affiliate link) that I used are Pink Cashmere, Red Barchetta, and Snow. You can see the ratios in the photo below.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

Once the paint was dry I sprayed a couple of coats of satin clear coat to protect the painted wood beads.



While the clear coat was drying I grabbed two May Flowers Redesign Knob Transfers (not an affiliate link) for the two 1 1/2-inch white wooden hearts.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

I removed the backing paper, centered the transfers, and used the brayer tool to rub the transfers onto each heart. Easy peasy and oh so pretty!



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

Next, I made a natural twine tassel. If you've never made a tassel you can find numerous video tutorials on YouTube.

Then I raided my granddaughter's Barbie bin for a little brush to separate the twine strands. Last but not least, I trimmed the tassel nice and straight and attached it to the bead garland.



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

The ceramic hand I displayed the garland on is getting a makeover. Unlike the song, this hand weebles and wobbles and DOES fall down. Makeover coming soon!



A budget-friendly DIY wooden bead garland painted a pretty gradient pink ombre for Valentine's Day made with a string of dollar store wooden beads.

Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this inexpensive wood bead garland idea. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



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A string of natural wooden beads with tassels is so popular for farmhouse decor these days. When I saw a container of assorted beads at the dollar store I decided it's time I finally make one, but with a twist. Instead, I made an Ombre DIY Wooden Bead Garland for Valentine's Day painted gradient pink. #valentinesdaydecor #valentinedecor #garland #farmhouse

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  1. Oh I love this Marie!! I actually think the beads on the skewers look kind of cool too!! They would just be cool stuck down into a vase... hmmm... the wheels are turning :o) does that hand have a screw sticking out of the back? It looks like something I just bought my boyfriend for Christmas, it was a guitar holder that you hang on the wall, it's a hand that grips the guitar.

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania! I thought the very same thing when I stuck the skewers in the foam and I have leftover beads too. Sounds like a very cool guitar holder! Mine used to hold a clear plastic frame to slide photos inside. I have no clue where it went.

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    1. Thanks Anita! You'll be seeing that hand again on Monday *wink* *wink*

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  3. I love how you painted the beads. And, the knob transfers were perfect for the hearts!

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  4. This is very cute! I love the gradient colors! Can you tell us what size beads and hearts you used?
    Thanks!
    Kay

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    1. Thank you Kay! Ooops I completely forgot to add those measurements in the post. I'll edit it shortly but in meantime, the wooden beads are 1/2 inch diameter and the wooden hearts are 1 1/2-inches. Hope this helps!

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  5. Marie, this is such a pretty wooden bead garland. I like that you chose happy colors and gave it an Ombre look.

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  7. This is so pretty Marie! The transfers are such a perfect touch! I pinned this to my Valentine's board but I think this it would be super cute hanging in my daughter's apartment somewhere in her colors. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you very much, Denise! Yes, it definitely could be displayed beyond valentine's day in the right space. I now have it with a lantern in my home office.

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  8. Your garland is so pretty! I really like the hearts on the ends!

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  9. I love your garland!!! I've made several in neutral colors but this one for Valentines day will be my project next year before February. The little wooden hearts are the added touch that puts this project over the top!!! I made several air dry clay hearts this year that could also be used for this project. Love this!

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    1. I'm thrilled to hear you were inspired by my ombre version for wood bead garlands and plan to make one next year. Your air dry clay hearts will be perfect on yours. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments!

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