DIY Lighted Wood Bead Garland

By Kate Riley December 4, 2017

Season’s greetings friends! Yesterday I worked up a little DIY lighted wood bead garland while I watched a movie relaxing in my family room. I like to make garlands at Christmastime while I sit fireside, it’s how I combine creativity with relaxation.

Last year I made a paper leaf garland and the year before a gemstone garland and the year before a sparkle confetti garland. This year I combined copper LED lights with wood beads to create a simple beaded garland.




Copper wire LED string lights are available in a lot of stores that sell holiday decor but I bought my remote control battery operated strand for $10 bucks on Amazon. You can find a lot of varieties of wood beads at craft stores like Michaels but I purchased my 9/16” oval beads online. I bought 3 bags of 100 but ended up with a lot of extras, so I think you could recreate this with just two bags of 100 oval beads. Or mix up bead sizes, that would be interesting too! A light strand and wood beads are the only two supplies you really need.

The beads’ opening are large enough to slide over the copper wire and the mini light. After I unwound the entire strand, I strung the beads four at a time.





As you create the garland, and to keep the beads from sliding up and down, simply bend the copper at each light to form a T shape, this exposes the small light and also stabilizes the beads.



It doesn’t take long to create, the whole project took me about 90 minutes, the perfect length for watching a movie. :)



My strand came with a tiny remote that changes the way the lights blink when activated.





If you want to add a bit more bling, use a large circle punch and with metallic foil paper create shiny circles. Use a regular hole punch to create a smaller hole, then scissors to snip an opening on the side of that smaller hole (like a door hanger), then adhere them to the lighted bead garland.






This method is an easy simple way to embellish a set of inexpensive copper LED lights with wood beads.



P.S. The decorative birch tree shown is the one I mentioned in the first paragraph in this post.




Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley December 3, 2017

December greetings! Here we are approaching the end of another year. Despite the mad rush of the holidays I’m still feeling the benefit of taking it slow and keeping things simpler this year.

Yesterday I attended a matinee Christmas play then we picked out our tree and sent it into the tent to have it flocked. I’ve been flocking my tree since 2010 and I was talking to the lot attendant who told me it’s been a huge trend in recent years in lots of homes but she blamed “Pinterest”. Ha!

Today I’m finishing up the molding in my living room just in time for the arrival of the tree. I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend as well!

Favorite links below:


I love the bright white, pretty blues, and fresh greenery in this home tour.

One of my favorite things about NYC: Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows.

So fresh: the citrus infused palette in Maria’s holiday home.

When in doubt, just add a pop of red.

Ready-to-assemble cabinets that aren’t IKEA (I’m using Lily Ann in a bathroom remodel).

Sweet and simple: mini rosemary wreath garland.

Thanks Diane for this ribbon bow hack.

Funeral styling? It’s a business now.

So great, this parent’s response to his kid drawing on the wall.

Thank you Mr. Harmon for taking the time to reply.

Impressive story of life on a sailboat.

10 of the world’s most creative cities to work.