When we were getting ready to move into our new home, I was consumed with choosing the big pieces like a sofa, chairs, barstools, etc. I majorly underestimated, though, just how much "stuff" it takes to make a room feel finished. For months after we moved in I found myself sourcing vases and vessels, rugs and textiles. It takes so many layers to really make a room feel finished! As far as filling up our walls, I would rather wait to collect art that I love and gravitate towards rather than buy art that doesn't feel special to me. I'm doing my best not to just buy "place holders". I spent months on the hunt for something that would go above our bed. I actually imagined a vintage quilt or other textile-- something warm and not your traditional style of "art", but when I saw this post on Emily's site I fell in love with the piece in her friend's living room. (The artist is MQuan and you can purchase wall hangings here.)
I purchased all of the items I would need on Etsy and set out to create something similar. The difficulty level of this is extremely easy. However, it is tedious and time consuming. I did it after the girls went to bed and during nap times for a few days and then asked Britt to pick up slack and finishing the remaining strands while we were shooting one day, because it felt like it was going to take forever to finish.
She and I estimated that each strand took 10-15 minutes to complete, so a little over 5 hours just in the stranding of the beads. A lot of the time is due to the size of the hole in the bead and the size of the string. It's what allows the bead to stay suspended with just a teeny tiny knot below it rather than needing a larger knot for a large hole.
First, if you too are looking for non-traditional art ideas for your walls, here are some other pieces that I really love: (Keep reading past these for the full tutorial for this beaded wall art DIY.)
via Emily Henderson
via My Domaine
via Ave Styles
via Coqui Coqui
What You'll Need:
- black beads
- plain wood beads
- cotton twine
- walnut hooks
- ¾" brass rod (The exact brass rod I used is no longer available. I would contact this supplier and see if they can get you what you need. Ours was ¾" diameter, but any diameter would technically work.)
- Tools and supplies or hanging your art
Instructions for our beaded wall art piece:
- Begin by determining how high you will hang your bar and how long you would like your strands to be.
- Cut your strands of twine accordingly (we wanted ours to be intentionally un-uniform so they vary slightly in length.
- Create a looped knot at the top and strand your beads, placing a small knot below each bead to keep them in place. Again, I was going for variation, but you could also keep them uniform if you like.
- Secure the hooks into the wall. If you use a heavy rod like we did, be sure to use wall anchors. Then, slide each of your beaded strands onto the rod and hang.
Photography of our bedroom by Katie Jameson