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5 Retro and Festive Glass Beaded Christmas Garland Patterns

Below are five different glass beaded garland designs with bead counts and links to needed beadsInstructions for the actual assembly of a garland with images, tips and three other garland patterns are linked here: How to String Glass Bead Christmas Garlands

Supplies: Beading Cord, Blown Glass Beads, Hooks, Dresden Stars or Medallions, Scissors


Striped Barrel Multi is a colorful mix of multi-colored striped barrel beads with different sizes of round beads in complimentary colors.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Start: A B C D

Pattern Repeat: E D C B A E F E A B C D

End: E D C B A

Your garland will begin with START and end with END.  String START onto your cord, followed by PATTERN REPEAT 14 times, end with END.  Completed length is approximately 67-1/2" which is 5 ft. 7-1/2 in.

This is the bead code:

A = 10mm red GBR10R  ~ 30 beads needed

B = 8mm light blue GBR8LB ~ 30 beads needed

C = 10mm gold GBR10G ~ 30 beads needed

D = 8mm pink GBR8PK ~ 30 beads needed

E = 8mm purple GBR6RP ~ 43 beads needed

F = Striped Barrels GB059 ~ 14 beads needed (mix stripe colors like our example, or stick with one stripe color)


Retro Barrels & Indents is a combination of classic shaped red, gold, green, and silver beads.  This is a great garland to make in other colors as well using the same pattern.  Other color options for beads used are linked here: GB014, GB022, 6mm round, 8mm round, 10mm round.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern #1: B A C A B

Pattern #2: A D A E A D A F G F A D A E A D A

Pattern #3: A H A I A H A J K J A H A I A H A

Your garland will begin and end with pattern #1.  Follow this sequence: pattern #1 + pattern #2 + pattern #1 + pattern #3.  Your garland will have 10 sections of pattern #1, 5 sections of pattern #2, and 4 sections of pattern #3.  Completed length is approximately 69" which is 5 ft. 9 in. 

This garland seems complex, but as you start stringing, you'll see the design emerge.  The full garland will have this pattern sequence: 1-2-1-3-1-2-1-3-1-2-1-3-1-2-1-3-1-2-1

This is the bead code:

A = 6mm silver GBR6S  ~ 92 beads needed

B = 8mm green GBR8GR ~ 20 beads needed

C = Silver + green indent GB022GRS ~ 10 beads needed

D = 8mm gold GBR8G ~ 20 beads needed

E = Silver + gold indent GB022GS ~ 10 beads needed

F = 10mm red GBR10R ~ 10 beads needed

G = Silver + red barrel GB014RS ~ 5 beads needed

H = 8mm red GBR8R ~ 16 beads needed

I = Silver + red indent GB022RS ~ 8 beads needed

J = 10mm green GBR10GR ~ 8 beads needed

K = Silver + green barrel GB014GRS ~ 4 beads needed



Blues and Brown features glossy brown textured beads combined with a retro mix of aqua, silver and gold round beads and silver tubes. This is another great option for customizing with different colored beads.  Other color options for the brown beads are linked here: GB080 and GB055.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern #1: A B C B A D A B C B A

Pattern #2: E A F A G A F A E

Your garland will begin and end with pattern #1.  String pattern #1 onto your cord, followed by pattern #2 and repeat this sequence, ending in pattern #1.  Your garland will have 8 sections of pattern #1 and 7 sections of pattern #2.  Completed length is approximately 65" which is 5 ft. 5 in.

This is the bead code:

A = 8mm aqua GBR8AQ  ~ 60 beads needed

B = 8mm gold GBR8G ~ 32 beads needed

C = 10mm silver GBR10S ~ 16 beads needed

D = Faceted brown beads GB080BR ~ 8 beads needed

E = Silver tubes GB15S ~ 14 beads needed

F = 10mm clear blue GBR10CBL ~ 14 beads needed (or use GBR10RB)

E = Quilted drops GB055BR ~ 7 beads needed


Red, Blue and Yellow features a bright and cheerful mix of beads that looks stunning with a variety of decor styles.  This is another great pattern for customizing in different colors and other bead color options are linked here: GB000, GB002, GB075, GB004.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern #1: A B C D C B A

Pattern #2: E A F G F A E

Your garland will begin and end with pattern #1.  String pattern #1 onto your cord, followed by pattern #2 and repeat this sequence, ending in pattern #1.  Your garland will have 9 sections of pattern #1 and 8 sections of pattern #2.  Completed length is approximately 63" which is 5 ft. 3 in.

This is the bead code:

A = 10mm gold GBR10G  ~ 34 beads needed

B = Red drops GB002R ~ 18 beads needed

C = 8mm light blue GBR8LB ~ 18 beads needed

D = Matte yellow diamonds GB004MPY ~ 9 beads needed

E = Silver tubes GB15S ~ 16 beads needed

F = Blue drops GB000RB~ 16 beads needed

G = Silver round GB075S ~ 8 beads needed


Icy Blues features glossy and matte round and faceted beads separated by clear spacer beads.  This beauty fits in with a wide variety of decor as well.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern #1: A B A C A D A E A D A C A B A

Pattern #2: F A G A H A G A F

Your garland will begin and end with pattern #1.  String pattern #1 onto your cord, followed by pattern #2 and repeat this sequence, ending in pattern #1.  Your garland will have 9 sections of pattern #1 and 8 sections of pattern #2.  Completed length is approximately 67" which is 5 ft. 7 in.

This is the bead code:

A = Clear spacers GBC03C  ~ 104 beads needed

B = 10mm blue GBR10RB ~ 18 beads needed

C = 8mm light blue GBR8LB ~ 18 beads needed

D = 10mm silver GBR10S ~ 18 beads needed

E = Matte blue banded round GB017MB ~ 9 beads needed

F = 3-bump faceted GB085MW~ 16 beads needed

G = Silver indent GB022S ~ 16 beads needed (would also look beautiful with silver + blue indent GB022BS)

H = Faceted round GB030LB ~ 8 beads needed




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