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How to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager

This little project that I´m showing you today is yet another proof to me that the universe can work in our favour and that we can attract anything we focus on! I´m serious! It has worked for me so many times, mostly in good ways. But, I´m not here today to talk about the Law of Attraction, if you like to read more about it though, here you can. And instead, let me show you how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager. Yes! That!


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So, I had been thinking about wooden beads and a wooden bead garland for a while now. If you´ve been following me for a bit, you know, that here where I live, in the South of Spain, it can be challenging to find DIY or craft supplies. I´m almost always successful and can twist things my way, but when I was looking for plain wooden beads I had no luck.

During our Canada visit with my in-laws, I went into a Micheal’s store, determined to get me a huge pack of those wooden beads I´d been thinking of for all this time. And oh yes, they had plenty and all kinds of shapes and sizes, but I was quite shocked looking at the prize tag for a pack of 30 wooden beads. I´d need at least 5 packs and wasn´t prepared to pay so much.  I checked other stores, but it was pretty much the same.

I went home, disappointed and thinking whether I should go ahead and get the overpriced wooden beads. Just a day or two before though, I had been so lucky to find lot´s of fun treasures at Goodwill. Remembering that, I got all excited again and focused on my beads. In fact, I knew I was going to get them there. I did not wish to find them or think I might find them, no, I knew they were waiting for me to be picked up at Goodwill. [now you might think i´m nuts and all you want, but that´s the attitude I had, that´s how bad I wanted these beads]


How to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager


I drove asap to Goodwill and walked the isles looking around anxiously when I saw this:

how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net

This is not the actual massager I found, but it is pretty close and I just wanted to get you an idea of how it looked. I did take a photo with my husband´s phone at the time, but it got erased accidentally…

Right there I knew that this was going to make my bead garland! After taking apart the massager at home, I soaked it in vinegar and baking soda and cleaned all those beads.

how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net


I originally planned on doodling on them with my white marker, but then changed my mind.


how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net


I painted some of the beads white, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in old white.

Then I layed out the beads in front of me in different ways, until I found the order I liked best.


how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net


I used this yute twine and added all the beads. When done, I also made little tassels for the ends with the same twine. You can find easy instructions for the tassels here.


how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net



how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net



how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net



how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net


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how to make a wooden bead garland using a back massager kreativk.net


What do you think? The law of attraction really worked for me there and I´m so happy with my bead garland. It is not very long, but still cute for spots like inside this crate draped around the little plant, don´t you think?


Thanks so much for visiting today, hope you are having a cool August week!



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  • Letia
    08/09/2017 at 06:56

    Wow I love this.

    • Katrin
      08/09/2017 at 06:59

      Thanks so much!!

  • Keri
    31/08/2017 at 17:14

    Katrin, that’s an amazing repurpose! Love the way the beads look now!! So glad that massager was waiting for you at Goodwill. 🙂

    • Katrin
      02/09/2017 at 14:12

      Thank you Keri, I really like it too!

  • sherry
    21/08/2017 at 23:20

    Your beautiful garland is my feature tomorrow at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

    • Katrin
      22/08/2017 at 12:12

      Thank you so much Sherry, I appreciate it!!

  • Tanya Derrey Bingham
    18/08/2017 at 19:34

    This is AMAZING Katrin! I love, love, love it 🙂 Pinning!

    xo, Tanya

    • Katrin
      20/08/2017 at 08:30

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Tanya!! Love your blog 🙂

  • Vickie
    18/08/2017 at 15:30

    Love this bead garland! Can you tell me how you attached the tassels to each end?

    • Katrin
      18/08/2017 at 15:53

      Thank you Vickie, I´m happy you like the garland! I just tied the end of the string through the tassel head. I hope I explained it well, but if not, click on the link I provided for the tassel tutorial and you´ll be able to see what I mean…

  • Sandra L Garth
    18/08/2017 at 01:14

    You are one clever and creative lady and the LOA is definitely working for you.

    • Katrin
      18/08/2017 at 08:39

      hahaha, Thank you friend 🙂

  • Amber Harrop
    16/08/2017 at 01:10

    You clever thing Katrin – it looks great and it handy too 🙂

    • Katrin
      16/08/2017 at 14:33

      Thanks Amber 😉

  • Leanna
    15/08/2017 at 05:54

    This is the perfect solution for expensive beads. Large beads are so pricey and great that you were able to find an alternative resource is really great. Love how this turned out.

    • Katrin
      15/08/2017 at 16:48

      It is, hey? I am happy I found this 🙂 Thank you Leanna!!

  • Angie ~ Ambient Wares
    13/08/2017 at 20:05

    You clever little thing you! I love how creative this is and how it’s from an inexpensive item 🙂 Looks really stunning!

    • Katrin
      14/08/2017 at 09:15

      Aw you´re so sweet, Thanks so much 🙂

  • Michelle
    12/08/2017 at 08:57

    Whaaaaattttt!!!! That’s brilliant Katrin 😀 Those massage beads are absolutely perfect for making a garland. It look so awesome. The laws of attraction were definitely string that day 😉

    • Katrin
      13/08/2017 at 08:05

      Thanks Michelle 🙂

  • Cindy Richter
    11/08/2017 at 22:06

    Not only are you a genius but I bow at your feet! I’ve thought the same thing about the bead garland and the high price. I love that idea. Glad you cleaned them first too! 😉

    • Cindy Richter
      11/08/2017 at 22:07

      I forgot to tell you… I saw this on the Sweet Inspiration Link Party. Thanks for sharing!

    • Katrin
      12/08/2017 at 08:28

      You´re so sweet Cindy, Thank you so much!!!

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    10/08/2017 at 07:19

    Thanks for the idea: now I know whe to look for large wooden beads too. They are so expensive, I find it hard to believe anyone actually buys them. Once I actually was very near buying one of those old car-seat-covers, but the one in question was so grimy I didn’t after all.
    Have a lovely day,

    • Katrin
      10/08/2017 at 11:02

      Hahaha, a car seat is also a brilliant idea Marjan! That would make a long long garland!! Thanks 😉

  • Tania
    10/08/2017 at 04:34

    Shut up!!! That’s pure genius, I love it! Pinning!


    • Katrin
      10/08/2017 at 11:01

      Thanks so much Tania! 🙂

  • Marie
    09/08/2017 at 22:58

    This is the most genius idea! Being a Canadian girl, I can attest to the price tag of large wooden beads. I too have been wanting to make a wooden garland but refuse to pay the asking price. Never EVER would I have thought to roam the aisles of Goodwill for a wooden massager but now seeing this post, of course, it makes total sense!!! Pinned and sharing

    • Katrin
      10/08/2017 at 11:00

      I hope that dollarrama gets some wooden beads soon! Anyway, it is a short garland, for a longer I would have needed another massager or similar, lol. Thanks Marie!

  • Carol ("Mimi")
    09/08/2017 at 17:28

    Genius! I like the variety of shapes and textures in the beads. Nice job!
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 21:50

      Thank you so much Carol, I am so happy you like the idea 😉

  • Carol
    09/08/2017 at 16:25

    I love this idea and it turned out really cute. I’ve been wanting red and white bead garland for my Christmas tree for YEARS and could never find any. Now I know I can make them. A trip to Goodwill is my answer! Thanks for sharing!

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 21:49

      Thank you so much Carol! I love your idea of a white and read bead garland for Christmas, I can imagine one around the tree! So cute…

  • Mary
    09/08/2017 at 11:15

    Katrin I too believe in the law of attraction and had it work for me when I needed it the most. So glad you were able to find this massager and you were quick enough to know you could repurpose it into this beautiful bead garland. I really like yours because the beads have loads of texture with the shapes they are. Well done and the tassels are nice and full. It makes a great addition to any home decor.

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 21:48

      It´s amazing what we can attract Mary!! I´m so happy I got this massager, lol. Now I´m looking for more beads incognito 😉