Hand Painted Wooden Bead Necklace

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I have been SO excited to share my latest DIY with you – a hand painted wooden bead necklace! The idea of painting wooden beads has been floating around in my head for some time and I finally had some time to pick paint colors and go to work. I love how this necklace came out and can’t wait to make more. Watch out friends and family – you may be receiving a hand painted wooden bead necklace for Christmas this year!

Materials-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceFor this project you will need: wooden beads, paint (I love the Martha Stewart Crafts multi-surface craft paint), paint brushes, a string and clasp for the necklace, and needle-nose pliers for the clasp.

 

Painting-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-1First – paint your beads! I went with a color scheme of white, black, green, and gold. It’s best to paint your base coat first then let dry completely.

 

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The toughest part of this DIY is painting the wooden beads because you’ll want to create some sort of apparatus to hold the bead as you paint. Two suggestions that I used: 1. stick the bead on the end of another paint brush or 2. use 2 skewers (or similar object) putting each inside the bead on either side (see above). Oh, and to let them dry I stuck the skewers into a jar of popcorn kernels, it worked perfect.

 

Painting-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceOnce your base coat is dry, you can add details like stripes, polka dots, chevron pattern if you’re fancy! I ended up doing stripes free-hand (and they turned out a little shaky) but I used the end of a lollipop stick to make uniform polka dots. Let your hand painted wooden beads dry overnight and then you’re ready to make them a necklace, this is the easy part.

 

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First, put your clasp on one end of your string. I like to use a clasp where instead of tying the string to each half of the clasp, your crimp/pinch the metal closed to secure the string.

 

Stringing-Beads-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-2Then thread your beads and put on the second half of the clasp.

 

Wearing-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceI love this necklace! I’ve worn my hand painted wooden bead necklace already with a simple black tee….

 

Wearing-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-1…and a buttoned chambray shirt. An adorable statement necklace, don’t you think?

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