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Dowel Disk Garland

Make a woodsy garland from wooden disks strung on natural jute.

Garland made from dowel disks.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw, table saw, or Japanese-style pull saw
  • Drill and 1/16-in bit
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 2-in x 48-in round poplar dowel, #43934
  • 1-1/4-in x 48-in round poplar dowel, #19414
  • 10 - 1/2-in screw eyes, packs of 10
  • 1/16-in x 190-ft jute rope, #349245
  • Command removable adhesive hooks, pack of 20, #121865

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Step 1

From both wooden dowels, cut 5/8-inch-thick disks. You should be able to cut about 57 disks from each dowel with 4 inches left over for safety. Each 5-foot garland uses 13 of the 1-1/4-inch-diameter disks and 12 of the 2-inch-diameter disks. Sand the surfaces smooth.

Good to Know

When using a table saw or miter saw to cut a dowel, keep your fingers safely away from the blade. If necessary, cut disks from short pieces using a Japanese-style saw that cuts on the pull stroke and has fine teeth that leave a smooth edge.

Step 2

On each disk, drill a 1/16-in pilot hole centered along the edge of the disk. If necessary, start the hole with an awl or sharp nail to keep the bit from sliding out of position.

Step 3

Insert a screw eye in the pilot hole and use pliers as needed to drive the eye up to the smooth section. The eye should be perpendicular to the disk face. You can adjust the eye later to help each disk hang correctly.

Step 4

Cut a 7-foot-long piece of jute and find the center. Slide the screw eye of a small disk to the center of the cord and tie an overhand knot around the screw eye loop to hold it in place.

Step 5

Slide a large disk onto the jute until it’s 2-1/2 inches from the center disk, and then tie it in place. Follow that with another small disk the same distance apart. Alternate large and small disks until you have six of each (not including the center disk). Repeat on the other side of the center disk for a garland of 25 disks. Trim the excess jute from the ends for a 5-foot garland or leave them on to tie the garland in place.

Good to Know

As you work, double-check that each knot surrounds a screw eye to hold the disk in place.

Step 6

Dowel garland detail.

Drive small nails or thumbtacks to support the garland, or attach removable adhesive hooks spaced equal distances apart as needed.