Looking for cute and easy holiday decor? We’re loving this ombre garland idea by our DIY contributor, Madeline Trait. It will add a pop of fun and modern color to any house decked in gold and green! Here’s what Madeline has to say about it.
“Add some personality to your decor this holiday season with an ombre garland. And don’t be surprised when your friends ask where you got it! Use your garland on your Christmas tree or hang it around your house. Either way, it will add a fun and unique piece to your usual holiday decorations.”
—Unfinished wood beads
—Twine or ribbon
—A large embroidery needle
—Dye, powder or liquid (not pictured)
—Metal pot (not pictured)
1. Decide how long you want your garland to be. This will determine how many wood beads you will need. For instance, a 1/2″ diameter bead will take up approximately 1/2″ of the length of the string. So if you want a 4′ garland, you will need about 96 of the 1/2″ diameter wood beads.
2. Dye your wood beads. This is the most complicated part. First fill your metal pot with just enough water for your beads to be fully submerged.
3. Diverting from the dye instructions, add approximately a 1/4 teaspoon of the dye to the water. This will make the first shade of the ombre color. Bring the dye bath to a simmer and place a quarter of your beads into the dye bath.
4. Stirring constantly, leave the beads in the dye for approximately 30 minutes.
5. Remove the beads and place them on a paper towel to dry. Repeat this step a minimum of four times with the other wood beads, adding an additional 1/4 teaspoon of dye to the water each time. This way, the dye will become more concentrated and the color that the bead will be dyed will be increasingly saturated, creating the ombre effect.
6. When you are done, clean your dye container immediately with chlorine bleach. Scrub with chlorine-based powder, liquid, or gel cleanser, if necessary. Do not use plastic or fiberglass containers as the dye will stain them permanently.
7. Once your beads are dry, it’s time to string them. First group them according to their saturation, then thread your twine or ribbon on your large needle. Start stringing the beads, using the lightest beads and working your way to the darkest beads. Leave about 3 to 4 inches of your ribbon or twine on either end of your garland.
8. Once you are done stringing your beads tie a loop with the excess string on either end. You will use this loop to hang your garland on your tree.
What color do you plan on making your garland?