Follow these instructions and learn to make a beaded door curtain that emerges straight from the door-frame. This is an interesting and fun way to divide rooms without doors. Use large wood beads for a quicker craft and a classic look. You could even make your own rolled paper beads from junk mail. All you need is junk mail cut into triangle, a needle for rolling, glue and varnish for the beads. This would create a colorful look without all the noise of harder beads!
This craft was submitted by a woman named Vikki, but unfortunately without any contact info. So Thanks Vikki for the great craft project submission!
- Wood: 1 in. wide x 1/2 in. thick x length across doorway
- Fishing Wire
- Medium to Large Beads
- Get a piece of wood about 1 inch wide by a 1/2 inch thick by the length across the doorway you want to put it. I would then use fishing wire. It” stronger than string and would take more punishment of people pushing it aside to get through the doorway. I would use medium to large beads for a doorway. You can pick out your own design and pattern of the beads that you want to use.
- String the beads on the fishing cord in the pattern that you like and make it a length from the top of the doorway to the floor or however long you want to make it.
- To secure the ends, I would tie the end of the cord around the first bead and knot it securely. Continue beading until the end, tie and knot the last bead the same as the first.
- After you have 2 or 3 strings of beads I would test by holding them up in the doorway to see exactly how close or how far apart you want the strands. It might be easier to do this with help from someone else so that 1 person can hold the strands while you see how you want them.
- Once you’ve made up your mind about how close the strands will be you can drill small holes in the wood. You drill 1 hole in each spot as far apart as you want the strands across the length of the wood. You should also leave extra cording at the end of each strand so that when you are done with all the strands you can tie them through the holes on the wood.
- Once you have tied all the strands to the wood you can tuck and clip any extra cording showing & then attach the wood to the top of the doorway with nails or screws. The reason that I suggested a flatter piece of wood is because I would put it with its flat side along the inside of the door frame and not attach it on the outside of the door frame. This way you see the beaded doorway but you don’t really notice the wood that it’s attached to.
Where would you place a beaded curtain? What colors would you use?
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