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Christmas Bead and Fabric Garland Tutorial

Last year there were a bunch of adorable raggy garlands posted around the holidays. Bloggers all over the place were tying billions of fabric strips to ribbon and twine to make scrappy holiday decorations. I absolutely adore the look, but let’s face it; I’m lazy and I love giant Christmas trees. There is no way I’m sitting around for days making little knots. Luckily for me (and really, for all of us) I spend excessive amounts of time stalking craft stores and I found a short cut to that rustic Christmas feel with this bead and fabric garland!

Scrappy Christmas Garland

You will need:
  • Twine
  • Beaded Garland (needs to be actually beads on a string, 1 piece pressed plastic won’t work here. I got mine at Michael’s for less than $3 with coupon/sales)
  • Strips of fabric
  • Scissors
Simple Christmas Garland Supplies
Start by re-stringing your garland. It’s actually much easier than it sounds, promise. Carefully cut the end of the garland and slide off 5 or so beads, set them aside for now, you need some empty string to tie the string and twine together.
transfer beads from one string to another
Tie a knot between the original garland string and your twine. Make your knot strong but as small as possible. Once you’re sure your knot is good slide the beads over the knot onto your piece of twine. When all the beads are transferred cut the end by the knot and slip on the beads you removed later. Tie a knot at the end, I like to leave a loop.
Slide 3 beads over to the knot, try to get both pieces of twine inside the beads, it looks cleaner. Then start tying your knots every 3 beads. I used unbleached muslin from Joann’s torn into strips.
red and white Christmas garland
Now just keep swimming, er, tying until you get to the end and tie off with another loop.
Red and white country decorations
Pretty nice huh? And much faster than tying all those knots.
Country Primitive Christmas Tree
I needed 2 used-to-be-9-foot-not-quite-sure-how-long-they-are-now garlands for this tree and hung another across the hutch. [Side note: How do you feel about the new dining room color?]
Christmas Fake Mantle
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  1. I had to re-read the instructions a couple of times to get it – couldn’t figure out why you took off the 5 beads. I’m a little slow this morning. Your instructions are so detailed, I can actually see you doing it! I love the tree with the big white flowers!

  2. This is such a great idea! I have bunches of this garland from years past and I am going to give them an update because I love the way yours turned out! And it looks so pretty around your poinsettia tree!

  3. How cute! And such a simple idea. I can do this!

  4. This is so cute. I love the way this garland looks. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It’ opened from Wednesday to Sunday nights. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  5. too good and simple….brilliant one.