Halloween “candy” garland made with fabric and wooden beads

This project is easy and can be made in any length you need. It’s also fairly inexpensive and can be made with any fabric you like. I will probably make one for several holidays because the entire look can be changed by using different fabrics and trims.


  • You will need a half yard of several different cotton fabrics
  • hot glue gun
  • narrow ribbon (I used black and orange)
  • wooden beads ( I used three different shapes and these can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Jo Anns, Michaels, or Wal Mart if they haven’t removed their fabric department from your local store…)
  • I used Jute twine but almost anything will work

Step 1.

Cut fabric into 3″ X 5″ pieces. Apply glue to the bottom of bead and then place it in the center of your fabric strip. (Place on wrong side of fabric.)

Step 2.

Apply glue to top of bead and then pull one side of fabric over on top of the bead. Now apply some glue to the fabric that is covering the bead and pull the other side on top of that.

Step 3.

If you didn’t buy colored beads you can paint your own. I stick them on skewers and then stick the end of the skewer into a piece of styrofoam and then spray paint them.

Step 4.

Cut your ribbon into 3″ pieces then use them to tie the “candy” onto the cord as shown. Use double knots.

Then using a darning needle thread the cord through the beads. If you don’t have a darning needle you can saturate the end of the cord with glue, and when it’s dry, it works almost as good as a needle.

I alternated the candy with the beads and also added some bells that I had painted orange and black. I tied them on using a narrow strip of fabric.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.