Ribbon-Candy Decoration



Wooden beads, 1 1/2" with 3/8" hole, $4.75 for 10, craftparts.com
Aluminum flashing, 10" by 50", $16 a roll; and zinc threaded rod, by Crown Bolt, 1/4" by 24", $1.50, homedepot.com

What You'll Need


  • Spray paint
  • Wooden beads, 1 1/2 inches, with 3/8-inch hole
  • Aluminum flashing, 10 inches wide
  • Black permanent marker
  • Drill and 1/4-inch bit
  • Coupling nuts, 1/4 inch
  • Threaded rod, 1/4 by 24 inches
  • Eye bolts, 1/4-inch diameter and 1/4 by 2 inches
  • Paracord


  1. Working in a well-ventilated area, spray-paint beads; set aside to dry.

  2. Unroll a sheet of flashing. Measure 7 inches in from one end of sheet and mark at center with marker. Then measure and mark at 14-inch intervals (ours measured 238 inches total, with sixteen 14- inch intervals). Measure a final 7-inch-long section and cut sheet with scissors.

  3. Working on top of scrap wood, drill a hole at each marking.

  4. Screw a coupling nut halfway onto one end of rod. Screw an eye bolt into coupling nut (to use for hanging).

  5. Working from other end of rod, slide wooden bead onto rod. Then slide rod through first hole in flashing, fold flashing over, and slide rod through next hole. Continue threading rod through flashing, adding a bead between each section. (When you near end of rod, you will need to push flashing down to prevent it from springing up.)

  6. After last section of flashing, add final bead. Screw a coupling nut onto end of rod, then screw an eye bolt into coupling nut. Hang using paracord.

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