Who else out there loves the Mala prayer beads? I think they are so beautiful! I know that there is a whole story that goes along with them, but I am an aesthetic person. I want them around because they are pretty. Does that make me a terrible person? When I look at them I see wooden beads and a tassel. And a gorgeous accent piece that adds to any decor. I love their effortless elegance. What I didn’t realize until recently is that they take very little effort to make. DIY decor is my fave!
Instead of paying upwards of $30 for some wooden beads and a tassel, I set out to make these for myself and do it more affordably. I am 100% on board with the tassel craze! I purchased a few dozen tassels with the intention of making a necklace for my daughter and some earrings for myself. Then I decided I wanted to make home decor out of some wooden beads and a tassel. So off I went to the local craft store to purchase some wooden beads. ( I will include everything you need at the end of the post – affiliate links used.) And the jute twine. I also grabbed some long needles but didn’t end up using them. Once I got home, I dumped out all of the beads and dove right in!
Little did I know, I would have a “helper” anxiously awaiting her chance to “discard” the beads I really didn’t need…..
Anyhow…. I decided upon a pattern for the beads. 4 dark and 1 light. I like the contrast between the two wood tones. It adds some interest and makes the whole thing more fun. I secured 1 bead to one end of twine by threading through the bead and then tying a knot around the bead. Then I began stringing in my pattern. Once I got half way through the desired length of my “necklace”, I strung the tassel and then continued the pattern. I looped the end when I was finished and pushed the knotted bead through the loop to secure. Easy peasy.
I believe that the entire project cost me around $10 and took about 15 minutes. Wooden beads, a tassel, some jute string and a little bit of time gave me a beautiful piece of decor that I enjoy displaying. The best part is, I made it myself! Now I am totally inspired to make these for every room in the house! Would that be overkill?
Here is the shopping list for your convenience: (affiliate links used)
Truly, this is all you need to make your own wooden bead and tassel diy decor. Happy crafting!