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Beaded Garland Wall Art DIY

Here’s an easy way to fill up a large wall. A few people asked about the beaded wall art from a photo of my old apartment in yesterday’s post, so I thought I’d share the instructions with you. It’s an easy craft project!

You’ll need many strands of beaded garland (I used 18), an inexpensive café rod, and a little bit of paint and a paintbrush.

Take the café curtain rod and paint it so that it blends in with your wall color. You can prime it first if you’re worried about the paint sticking, but this is not a heavy duty piece so it should be fine without primer. String the garland on the curtain rod, attach the brackets to the wall, and hang your creation. Easy!


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  • Barbara @diyHomeStagingTips.com
    July 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Fabulous idea. Perfect home staging art.

  • anna
    July 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Is the garland looped over the rod and tied? I don’t get what’s holding it in place. It’s a cute idea that would work in my very neglected guest room.

    • Making it Lovely
      July 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Mine had little rings on the ends, but you can just tie them in loops or tie them directly to the curtain rod.

  • Megan
    July 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    What a great idea. I am also loving the red credenza, where did you snag that lovely piece?

    • Emily
      July 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      It’s the IKEA PS cabinet, for sure. I know that because my comment was going to be whether Nicole would recommend it! I’ve had my eye on the white version for a long time and am considering taking the plunge…

    • Making it Lovely
      July 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Yes, it’s the PS Cabinet. Emily, go for it!

  • Ban Clothing
    July 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    A bit 70’s but nice.

  • Angie
    July 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Fab idea! My daughter would love this idea for her bedroom! Angie

  • Diana Smith
    July 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Very cool idea!

  • Katie
    July 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Yessssss!!! I’m in love with this!! xo

  • margaret bochy
    July 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Love it…very easy and very cool!!

  • July 31, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Great idea!

  • Ryan
    August 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve noticed metallic bead curtains like these used in displays at the mall. I like the way you used it, but I also think a thicker bead curtain could make a great room divider for a studio apartment! It would create the illusion of separation but it would be easy enough to pass through and would still allow you to see enough of the next room to keep the space feeling open.

  • acrylic art
    September 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

    So simple yet unique and effective! What a great way to decorate your walls.

  • miitha
    November 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    what kind of camera do u use? your pictures are really nice :)i like your page

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    June 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Does anyone know where to get reasonably priced beaded garland? I couldnt find any at Michaels..

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  • Alba SC
    September 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Great idea Nicole!
    I think I would use it as backdrop for a photocall in events.