This beaded rainbow garland has a really cool effect – the strings seem to disappear on the wall, leaving you with the floating beaded strands.
I did make this beaded rainbow garland with decorating a sukkah in mind, however it’s generic enough to work for any season. I made a mini-garland as I’m going to hang it in a small space, however you can repeat the rainbow as many times as you want to make a longer one.
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The beaded rainbow garland is quite heavy, since I did use glass beads – which may have been a slight mistake on my part. It does have a cool luster and effect, which may or may not be worth it as it’s difficult to hang. You need to tie it on either end from small nails – and tie it well. If you make it longer than I did, you’ll want to reinforce it every so often.
What I (maybe) should have done is use wooden beads which are VERY lightweight. I may try that another time. That would have kept it on par with a typical garland’s weight.
Obviously, the glass gives it a much more elegant look, which makes it a home decor staple. It would look amazing in a nursery (just make sure it’s out of baby’s reach and secure enough not to break.) It would be a perfect way to brighten up any small area.
Unless you glue the strands into place (which I didn’t) you can move them around when you’re done to “choose your effect” – move them closer together, further apart… This beaded rainbow garland is best in a smaller area as it will get lost in a larger space. It looks great hung on a door in place of a wreath, or in the tiny space in our entryway where I put it.
This is quite a unique and beautiful piece and you don’t want it to “get lost”. It’s not that hard to make – I did it in under an hour late one night (though if you’re making it longer, it will take proportionately more time.) It really adds a bright spot and is perfect for adding a splash of color to a duller scheme.
The fishing line that I used to string it is surprisingly strong and holds out under the weight of the beads perfectly.
This is one of my favorite crafts to show that bead crafts don’t have to be jewelry!
What you need to make a beaded rainbow garland:
- Beads – I used glass beads in alternating 8 and 10mm sizes.
- Clear mono filament fishing line.
How to make a beaded rainbow garland:
1. Tie one bead at the end of a length of mono filament.
2. String on a few more beads.
3. Bring your mono filament around the last bead and back through the beads starting from the second-to-last that you put on. Bring it through all of them, including the first bead that you tied on.
4. Do this with all the colors of the rainbow, in varying lengths and sizes as you like it.
5. Trim around the knot of the first bead you attached. If you want to be extra secure, you can glue it in place (E6000 is great for this). Since the thread isn’t really seen in the larger picture, you can leave a small tail.
6. Start tying your beaded lengths onto another length of mono filament. You can trim the string as you go along.
Hang them all at varying lengths. If you want you can glue them in place. Make sure to trim your threads- as you can see when you have too many it’s not very invisible.
Hang your beaded rainbow garland by tying it between two nails. Isn’t it beautiful?! The mono filament disappears and you have a magnificent floating garland.