Simple Summer Cherries

I have this cheap strand of wooden bead holiday garland that I’ve picked apart and used before in other projects, such as threading advent calendar spools, but thought of another cute use for the beads today.You probably won’t come across this exact garland outside of a lucky find at a thrift store, so look for 1/2″ wooden macrame beads in places like Etsy HERE.

You can opt to keep the beads as-is or add a little bling. I strung a few onto wire, covered in glue then red German glass glitter.For the cherry leaves, I ran a page from a tattered book through the printer, printing a block of green onto it.I covered the green page with Matte Modge Podge, and not being the most patient of crafters, dried the page with my hairdryer. The Mod Podge gives the paper a more plastic surface making it much less likely to tear.I folded the page and cut out leaf shapes.
For the cherry stems, I used both Divine Twine and craft thread (found in the embroidery thread aisle at the craft store.)I strung two beads and created bulky knots by twisting the ends into a circle several times before cinching.I added a dab of glue to the knots and pulled them up and lodging them just inside the beads. I trimmed away the remaining string leaving just a tiny bit remaining.I cinched the leaves in the center and crisscrossed them across the string holding the beads, just a bit off center to allow for one cherry to hang lower than the other. With another length of string I tied the leaves and stems together.Make lots of extras to keep on hand to embellish pins for your cork board, to tie around jars, or embellish gifts.

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  1. #1 - Christie Cottage says:

    Cathe, This is adorable! I certainly have plenty of wooden beads I could use up!


  2. #2 - Raye Marie says:

    Way Cute! I could do this! Thanks so much for the inspiration your blog provides. I am in awe of your creativity and skills.

  3. #3 - Crystal says:

    this is SO cute!

  4. #4 - Apron Thrift Girl says:

    This would make a fantastic addition to an end of school year teacher's gift. Thank you for so many glitter ideas.

  5. #5 - SisterDG says:

    What an adorable project! Love the glittered version!

  6. #6 - Lululiz says:

    Brilliant, love that project.

  7. #7 - Jana says:

    Cathe–your ingenuity knows no bounds! I can hardly keep up with all the ideas you post that I want to make . . . not to mention all the beautiful graphics you share so generously. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us!

  8. #8 - rustandruffles says:

    Such sweet cherries…thanks for the instructions!
    Happy day!

  9. #9 - Whitney @ Whisker Graphics says:

    Once again you've knocked my socks off! So completely inventive and adorable!
    PS Thanks for the Divine Twine mention πŸ™‚

  10. #10 - Deb says:

    That is SO adorable! Thanks for the tutorial…loved it! :o)

  11. #11 - Michelle says:

    This is great!

  12. #12 - Sadie Lou says:

    Seriously darling!

  13. #13 - the gypsy magpie says:

    Oh be still my heart! Are these just the cutest things??? Thank you for the little tutorial on them… I see LOTS of glittery red cherries for my summer projects.

  14. #14 - Liszha says:


  15. #15 - lis says:

    Might be simple, but I would have neverthought of this. Brilliant, love them!

  16. #16 - Tamra says:

    OK that's ridiculously cute!! Love it!

  17. #17 - Courtney - Meylah says:

    So stinking cute, I can't even believe it.

  18. #18 - Sue@MyArtsDesire says:

    You are way tooooooo fun!

  19. #19 - My Blessed Serendipity Life says:

    Aren't these cherries just adorable!

  20. #20 - fancylinda says:

    Cute! I'm going to make some. And I never would've thought about printing color on an old book page that way – genious!

  21. #21 - Kileen says:

    Love the cherries! What a great idea!

  22. #22 - dogwoodandpoppy says:

    So cute! Thanks for sharing.

  23. #23 - Stephanie says:

    Seriously CUTE!

  24. #24 - Sherry Goodloe says:

    Love this! Sooooo cheery!

  25. #25 - PussDaddy says:

    This is just adorable.


  26. #26 - Creative Grammie says:

    Cathe; You are such a marvelous creative! Your summer cherries are so cute. Your ideas to repurpose and reuse things, I just love. Thank you so much for sharing.

  27. #27 - Skulleigh says:

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

  28. #28 - Peggy Houston, TX says:

    In case nobody has told you so today, you are BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing this.

  29. #29 - Peggy Houston, TX says:

    In case nobody has told you so today, you are BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing this.

  30. #30 - Em says:

    Could you move next door to me? and come inspire me everyday? I promise to bake for you (:

  31. #31 - Heather says:

    Those cherries are so sweet! I love the idea for printing colour onto a printed page too xx

  32. #32 - Ann says:

    These are so "sweet" Cathe – brilliant idea. I have to try. And printing colour onto a book page is another excellent idea – I love your creativity!

  33. #33 - Geralyn Gray says:

    You never fail to amaze me!!!!!

  34. #34 - Lee says:

    Oh my heavens- so darned cute!! I have been savings these stupid wooden beads, that I had no idea what to do with, and now your post!! Perfect.

  35. #35 - cakegirl says:

    I visit you daily for ideas like this one. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

  36. #36 - forrestina vintage says:

    So very Mary Engelbreight! πŸ™‚

  37. #37 - ~Alison~ says:

    Oh my goodness! I just LOVE that jar of pencils with the cherries!!! That would look so cute in my kitchen!!!

  38. #38 - last minute lynn says:

    Brilliant use of "leftovers"!

  39. #39 - Nikki says:

    Sweet Susie thats CUTE!!!!!!!! LOVE it!!!!

  40. #40 - Suzanne says:

    Those are so cute. You not only teach with a tutorial, but I get a glimpse of how to be more creative when I look at…well, anything! Thanks!

  41. #41 - Diane Costanza says:

    How clever are you??? Lovce it!

  42. #42 - Chrissy says:

    This would make a great Teacher's gift! Love your blog and am Following. Come visit me at The Busy Beaver at

  43. #43 - Kathy says:

    Love this idea, but rather than printing green over your paper, why not use the flower spray (check spray paint section) at Micheal's or Joann's? There are some pretty fun colors by the way!
    (I learned that in someone's online class – amazing what new things you can find out about!)

  44. #44 - Sweet Bee Cottage says:

    Simply adore this! So fast and easy and CUTE!

  45. #45 - Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    These are so cute. I have a friend who likes cherries. She would love these. Love & blessings from NC!

  46. #46 - Sue Sparks says:

    You have a creative eye! Cute!

  47. #47 - laurie -magpie ethel says:

    Dang clever ONCE again…

  48. #48 - Nan says:

    You never cease to amaze me! Thanks again for a wonderful idea.

  49. #49 - Joyce says:

    Darling! I feel a trip to the craft store for me this week:-) Thanks for the creative idea and for sharing your idea with me.

  50. #50 - Ginger says:

    Too cute for words. I'm constantly in awe of your creativity!!

  51. #51 - Mitzi Curi says:

    Those little cherries are so cute! I'm also finding that Mod Podge works great with vintage paper to give it a plastic feel and strength.

  52. #52 - MommaMindy says:

    You continuously WOW! and AMAZE! me. I learn so much from you. Thank you SO much for sharing all your talent with us.

  53. #53 - My Life Under the Bus says:

    Love this !!!

  54. #54 - Sandy says:

    This is sooo cool! I think I can do this! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the tutorial! I ama cherry kind of girl! Would it be OK to let other's on my blog know about this by doing a post and linking to you???? I cam over from Scrapf or Joy….Sandy

  55. #55 - Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks for the fun comments everyone! And, YES, Sandy! Of course, it's all about sharing!

  56. #56 - Rebecca Everett says:

    What a great idea. Those cherries are the cutest

  57. #57 - Rebecca Everett says:

    What a great idea. Those cherries are the cutest

  58. #58 - Mrs.Kwitty says:

    You are just the cleverest gal!! Love those!
    smiles, Karen

  59. #59 - Annie Wilcox Designs says:

    Teacher gift all the way!

  60. #60 - Frau Eule says:

    …sweet like cherries! πŸ™‚

  61. #61 - Rachel says:

    Those are so pretty! I think I need to make a garland! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  62. #62 - Katsui Jewelry says:

    Those are just adorable!


  63. #63 - Tami (Pixeltrash) says:

    So, so cute!!!


  64. #64 - Yarni Gras! says:

    clever idea, thanks for the tut!

  65. #65 - O. says:

    Thank you for this adorable tutorial. I didn't have all the supplies so I had to improvise, not as cute as yours but I'm happy withhow they turned out.

  66. #66 - Paula says:

    Wow, those are super cute!! I can see them appearing everywhere in my projects – cherries are also my favorite fruit!! Thanks!

  67. #67 - Julie says:

    Darling and very creative!