I want to show you how to make a fun and easy decorative garland to add interest to a needed space in your home using paper straws and beads. I’ve seen garlands made of paper, a simple strands of beads, funky yarn or ribbon, buttons and even candy! But I had so many paper straws and some wood beads and I needed to put to them good use.
Garlands are really cool design elements. And they can be hung pretty much anywhere in your home such as shelves, chalkboards, bookcases, mantels – to add a bit of interest to a needed space.
I’ve had several decorative garlands in our home:
I draped a store bought yarn over our kitchen chalkboard.
I made a garland of pom poms and added it to my daughter’s pink-framed photo wall.
I used a beaded garland paired with a fun neutral yarn to hold my advent calendar – but I kept the garland up through the winter.
I have an open wood & wrought iron hutch in my entryway that needed a little extra something. A decorative garland was just the thing – and it was a great solution to use up those extra paper straws!
Here’s what you’ll need:
paper straws in coordinating colors – I used 3 different patterns
Xacto knife or scissors
fishing line or thin string
beads in desired colors – I used a variety of wood beads along with circular white shell beads that were on sale at Michaels!
1. Cut the straws in 1″ pieces with an Xacto knife or scissors.
2. Cut your fishing line to the desired length. I made 2 garlands, one 8 feet and one 9 feet.
3. Start threading the beads and straws in a pattern you like. I went with a random pattern but you can do a repeating one if you’d like for a more consistent look. One tip: begin and end the garland with a bead, versus a piece of straw, so that you can easily tie a knot in the ends – the straw is too wide for a regular knot.
4. Continue threading the beads until the end. Tie a knot and hang!
I had to add a few tack nails to my hutch to hold the garland but you can also just drape the garland over any corner of a piece of furniture, a picture, a shelf, or the edge of a door.
I think that garland is just what this piece needed! A super easy DIY you should definitely try.