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3 Retro Glass Bead Christmas Garlands + Color Variations

Below are three glass bead garland designs with bead counts and links to the beads used. These garlands all follow the same simple pattern sequence and use only four different bead types per style.  Red + silver, aqua + silver, and gold + silver yield a beautiful result and mix well with a wide range of decor, but each style can also easily be customized by substituting other bead colors -- we've created 13 additional variations to guide you.

Instructions 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.

Be sure to leave at least 3/4" of slack in your completed garland to allow it to drape.

Supplies: Beading Cord (recommended size: No. 10 or No. 8), Blown Glass Beads, Hooks, Scissors


Red & Silver is a classic Christmas color combo.   The different bead textures used in this garland add subtle interest.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern Repeat: A B C D C B 

End: A

Your garland will begin with PATTERN REPEAT and end with END.  String Pattern Repeat onto your cord and repeat this sequence 22 times. End your garland with END: one quilted drop.  Completed length is approximately 71" which is 5 ft. 11 in.

This is the bead code:

A = Quilted Drop red GB055R ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive red GB657R ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + red GB022RS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the red, gold and green variation above, use this bead code:

A = Quilted Drop lime green GB055LG ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm gold GBR8G ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive red GB657R ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent matte gold + red GB022MGR  ~ 22 beads needed



To make the pink, gold and green variation above, use this bead code:

A = Quilted Drop light pink GB055LTP ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm gold GBR8G ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive dark green GB657DKG ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + light pink GB022LPS  ~ 22 beads needed



To make the light purple, silver and blue variation above, use this bead code:

A = Quilted Drop light purple GB055PUR ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive light blue GB657LB ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + blue GB022BLS  ~ 22 beads needed




Aqua & Silver is a gorgeous color combo.   The similar bead sizes used in this garland keep it uniform in width making is a great style to mix with simple round bead garlands.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern Repeat: A B C D C B 

End: A

Your garland will begin with PATTERN REPEAT and end with END.  String Pattern Repeat onto your cord and repeat this sequence 25 times. End your garland with END: one 3-bump bead.  Completed length is approximately 72" which is 6 ft.

This is the bead code:

A = Faceted 3-bump aqua GB085AQ ~ 26 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 50 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive aqua GB657AQ ~ 50 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + aqua GB022AQS  ~ 25 beads needed


To make the pink, copper, blue and aqua variation above, use this bead code:

A = Faceted 3-bump pink GB085PK ~ 26 beads needed

B = 8mm copper GBR8C ~ 50 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive light blue GB657LB ~ 50 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + aqua GB022AQS  ~ 25 beads needed


To make the aqua, silver, gold and red variation above, use this bead code:

A = Faceted 3-bump aqua GB085AQ ~ 26 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 50 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive gold GB657G ~ 50 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + res GB022RS  ~ 25 beads needed


To make the pink, copper, blue and aqua variation above, use this bead code:

A = Faceted 3-bump blue GB085RB ~ 26 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S~ 50 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive light blue GB657LB ~ 50 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + blue GB022BLS  ~ 25 beads needed


To make the orange variation above, use this bead code:

A = Faceted 3-bump copper GB085C ~ 26 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 50 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive matte goldenrod GB657MGR ~ 50 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + orange GB022ORS  ~ 25 beads needed


Gold & Silver is another classic Christmas color combo.   The different bead textures used in this garland add subtle interest.

This is the beading pattern to follow:

Pattern Repeat: A B C D C B 

End: A

Your garland will begin with PATTERN REPEAT and end with END.  String Pattern Repeat onto your cord and repeat this sequence 22 times. End your garland with END: one quilted drop.  Completed length is approximately 71" which is 5 ft. 11 in.

This is the bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop gold GB003G ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive gold GB657G ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + gold GB022GS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the red, aqua, pink variation above, use this bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop red GB003R ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm aqua GBR8AQ ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive hot pink GB657HP ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + hot pink GB022HPS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the green and aqua variation above, use this bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop pearl green GB003PRGR ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm green GBR8GR ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive aqua GB657AQ ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + green GB022GRS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the matte champagne, green, burgundy and purple variation above, use this bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop matte champagne GB003MC ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm lime green GBR8LG ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive burgundy GB657BU ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + purple GB022RPS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the green and silver variation above, use this bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop green GB003GR ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive lime green GB657LG ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + green GB022GRS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the purple and silver variation above, use this bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop purple GB003RP ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm silver GBR8S ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive purple GB657RP ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + purple GB022RPS  ~ 22 beads needed


To make the orange, black and gold variation above, use this bead code:

A = Long Ribbed Drop copper GB003C ~ 23 beads needed

B = 8mm black GBR8BLK ~ 44 beads needed

C = Ribbed Olive gold GB657G ~ 44 beads needed

D = Round Indent silver + orange GB022ORS  ~ 22 beads needed



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