How to make a cherry garland with wood beads

Add a bit of summer to a living room with a bright-red cherry garland that will never go bad. This easy craft doesn't take much time and brightens up any room. It's especially appropriate when it's hanging somewhere in the kitchen, such as on a shelf or along molding.
If hanging the garland isn't feasible, pretend the beads are holly berries. Make the green yarn a bit shorter, and hot glue the beads to a wreath or fir branches for a Christmas decoration. Play with the red paint until the desired shade is reached.
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Materials
- Large, unfinished wood beads
- Dowel matching diameter of holes in beads
- Bright-red craft paint
- Artist’s paintbrush
- Paint palette
- Small bowl
- Spooled green yarn
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Twine
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Instructions
1. Place two wood beads on the dowel, spacing them slightly apart. Put some red paint in the palette and paint the beads. Place the dowel over a bowl until the paint dries.
2. Cut off 6 to 8 inches of yarn. Bring the two ends together to form a loop at the top. Take the loop and tie it around the yarn to make a knot with a 1-inch loop at the top.
3. Remove the beads from the dowel.
4. Feed one straight end of the yarn into one bead. Tie the end in a knot or two to keep the bead in place. Repeat for the other bead.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 to make as many cherry pairs as desired.
6. Thread twine through the needle. Poke the needle through the knot below the loop on each cherry pair. Slide the pairs over the twine until they are in the desired position.
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7. Hang or drape the garland.
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