How To Use Decorative Beads

Some affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog! For more information, visit my Disclosure.

One of my favorite accessories to use in my home have been decorative beads. They immediately add a layer of interest giving a room that collected global look we all love. In my home you can find recycled glass, wood, bone, and of course DIY decorative beads. Beads are one of those accessories that work with any decor style, and they won’t break the bank. If you have yet to try the look, I urge you to give them a shot! Here are some ideas on how to use decorative beads in your home.

This post does contain some affiliate links. For more information, visit my disclosure.

Around a Vase

My absolute favorite way to use beads are by simply placing them around the neck of a vase. These bone beads are have a special place in my heart. I like combining a larger bead strand with a smaller one. They look beautiful everywhere and because of that I’m constantly moving them all over the house.

how to use decorative beads
nightstand styling ideas
how to use decorative beads

My daughter has some pale blue green recycled glass beads that we paired with a beaded necklace of the same color in her room.

how to decorate with beads

The first beads I used in our home were these wooden ones below that I made using craft store beads and twine. So easy and you can create any length you want.

DIY wooden beads

On a Lamp

In our master bedroom I added some recycled glass beads to a lamp on my husband’s bedside table. It helped add some interest and color to that part of the room without having to add more items to the top of the table.

decorative beads on lamp

Flat Out

I have these beautiful extra large beads from Sugarboo (they also come in a heart option) that I won through a giveaway a few years back. The large size makes a big statement when layered over books or flat out on its own.

how to decorate with beads
wood bead garland as decor
large wooden decorative beads

These smaller wooden beads in my daughter’s room were a DIY. Craft store beads were strung together and I made a tassel using embroidery floss. It was intended to be a decor piece, but it’s actually super cute as a necklace as well!

DIY wood bead tassel necklace

In a Dish

You can also lay some smaller beads out in a pretty dish, bowl, or tray.

decorative beads in a dish

Get the Look

See how versatile they are? I’ve included some beads that are the same or similar to the ones I currently have. But, there are so many more styles and colors out there as well! You can definitely fall down a rabbit hole looking for beads.

decorative beads

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Which are your favorite? I’m thinking five and eight need to be added to my collection.


  1. Pamela Avatar

    1 & 5. 😊

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I know what to get you for your birthday now!

Meet Shelley

Hi, I’m Shelley! My belief is that with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it.

Latest on Instagram

Search by Category


Never Miss a Post
Get the latest posts and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.
Thank you!  Check your email for a message from me!

Wonderful Finds

You Might Also Like