How make curtain tiebacks using wooden beads
One month ago, I hosted my first shibori workshop as part of a series of upcoming maker's events. It was super fun and creative, so basically I can't wait to share all the pictures with you. Since I put so much energy into that event, I wanted to share a simple and mess-free DIY. As many of you know, I have been updating my art studio to create a coastal vibe and modern office where I can work on my designs. I needed new curtain tie backs to tame my white linen panel curtains. I was really happy with the results and the whole project only took 15 minutes out my work-day. High-five!
This post originally appeared in early July, and quickly became one of my most popular posts. I am adding an update and improvement today to the project after using the ties for over a month. Here is how you too can make simple and inexpensive beaded curtain tiebacks in around 15-20 minutes. Happy Crafting!
For this project you will need only two things:
Read on through for the full project and list of supplies!
I began by creating a loop at one end of the cord. I knotted it 2 times so that the first bead would rest on the knot.
I began by stringing the medium sized bead first. I could not find my embroidery needle, so I simply taped the tip of the cord using packaging tape to make it easier to thread and prevent fraying as I worked. I created a pattern using medium and large beads in a pattern. I decided to use the small beads for another project although I do think they could be used to create a different pattern and/or longer beaded tiebacks.
I used 16 beads total and looped the twine through the last large beads a 3 times to secure it before knotting it and trimming the excess twine.
...Ta-da! you've got it. New tie-backs in about 15 minutes that look natural and Scandinavian chic!
Here is the update look strung on vegan gray suede below! I am really loving this vegan leather cord and I feel like it has additional uses from shoe-lacing to gift-wrap.
I slide the last 2 beads through the loop at the end to adjust the length and tightness.
Total Project Cost: $$
Here is a recap to the supplies I used below:
Making each tie-back was very affordable.
I still have plenty of small and medium beads left-over so I might create 2 additional tie-backs or a wooden garland for other rooms in the house.
Hope this simple project makes your curtains look perfect and more manageable. Leave a comment below, if you try it out or tag me on Instagram.
If you enjoyed this project, you might enjoy other my other simple DIY projects like how-to create a modern hexagon collage for your room!
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