Dyed Wood Bead Holiday Garland

November 28 2022

We’re decking the halls with our good friend Rachel of @TheCraftedLife. She’s an expert at adding color to her own home—especially during the holidays.

  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dyes: Cherry Red, Golden Yellow, Coral, Aquamarine
  • Small Unfinished Wooden Beads
  • Glass jars for Dyeing
  • Thread
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic or metal stirring spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic table cover
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  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Fill a glass jars with very hot water (140F). Wearing rubber gloves, add 2 tbsp of well-shaken liquid All-Purpose dye and stir well.
  3. Test dye color on one wooden bead. If color is too light, add more dye; if it’s too dark, add more water. The longer the wood beads soak, the more saturated they will become.
  4. Immerse wood beads into each dyebath. Lightly stir beads to get even coverage. Soak beads for about 5 minutes or until desired color is achieved.
  5. Remove and place on paper towel to dry.
  6. String beads onto the thread and knot.
  7. Add to tree or mantle.
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