Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DIY: PAINTED WOODEN BEAD NECKLACE



Today I'm sharing a simple project with some bright colors. Perfect for spring!

MATERIALS:
-necklace chain (mine is about 28" long)
-ten 1" wooden beads with predrilled holes
-paint (I used DecoArts Americana paints in these colors: Sea Breeze, Royal Fuchsia, Orange Twist, Bright Yellow & Neutral Gray)
-paintbrush
-painters tape


STEP 1: Sometimes the wooden beads have shavings on the inside. To clear them out, take the end of your paintbrush and twist the paintbrush back and forth a few times on either side of the bead.

STEP 2: Eyeball the center of your bead, and using the painters tape, wrap the bead horizontally, making sure the ends meet to allow half of the bead to be exposed for painting.


STEP 3: Paint the exposed part of your bead. I did two coats to ensure coverage. You will paint two beads the exact same, for a total of 10 beads.



STEP 4: Once the paint is dry, peel off the painters tape.


STEP 5: Now it's time to string the beads. Line them up in the order you want them on your necklace and begin stringing, making sure the two colored ends meet each other. 







Close the claps and you are ready to wear it!





45 comments:

  1. LOVE it! I want to do this with gold and coral, I think...

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    1. it would be really pretty if you painted all of the balls with a base, like really light gold, then you chose a gold chain :)

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    2. Great idea!!! :)

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  2. This is beyond awesome!!

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  3. This is super cute! So fun and simple but it looks so high end. High five!

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  4. Like this one! http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2012/02/gold-dipped-necklace.html

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  5. I'm so loving this necklace! You have a wonderful blog :)

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  6. Running a row of narrow painters', graphic artist, or car detailing tape around the bead makes it easy to paint a straight line.

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  7. Oh this is so pretty! Love the colors you used!

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  8. LOVE! You have such a steady hand. I'd have to tape it off in order to get a straight line. The colors are great too!

    I featured your DIY on my blog today.

    http://blog.shopdirtylaundry.com/posts/2012/4/17/112-too-cute-tuesday.html

    ENJOY!

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  9. What a stunning piece of handmade jewelry! Lovely!

    Visiting from your feature on The 36th Avenue :)

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  10. I cannot wait to try this! This will be my first jewelry making endeavor... can you tell me where to find wooden beads like these? I have a JoAnn's and a Michael's, but will they have those there? Thank you! So glad to have found your blog (through Pinterest of course)

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  11. shannon, i got my beads at michael's so try there first! make sure you get the beads with a predrilled hole that goes all the way through the bead. they sell some that just have a hole drilled part way through the bead, but that won't help with this project. :) good luck!!

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    1. Found them at Michael's. Thank you!

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  12. I love this so much. Im going to have to give this a try!! (Also, I adore the colors you chose!)

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  13. Soo simple but soo cool :o)
    I have to make one right now and wear it tomorrow to brighten up the work day
    Have a nice evening

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  14. I recently made an ombre necklace with wooden beads and have some leftover! Now I know what to do with them! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thanks for visiting! your ombre necklace is adorable and i'm thinking i'll have to make one with my leftover beads!! :)

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  15. Amazing. You've Inspired me. <3

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  16. great idea!

    http://hiamlee.blogspot.com/

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  17. I just love this! I think I may NEED it for my holidays, Can it be bought?

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  18. Can you give a list of the paint colors you used? I'd love to find those colors!

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    1. of course! I need to update this post, but in the meantime, I used DecoArts paints in these colors: Sea Breeze, Royal Fuchsia, Orange Twist, Bright Yellow and Neutral Gray. Hope that helps!

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  19. I'm going to Michael's tomorrow to get beads and paint to make this necklace! Perfect for when I go to the beach next week

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  20. Question-did you use a purchased necklace or did you make one?

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    1. Susan, I purchased a simple necklace chain from my local craft store. I've also used waxed thread (near the jewelry making stuff) as well for a more inexpensive solution. good luck!

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  21. What section at Michael's do they sell these beads? I tried to find some today but couldn't find them anywhere :(

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  22. Jessica, I'm sorry you had trouble finding the beads. I found them in the paintable wood section. There will be blocks and other wood shaped items in the aisle. I hope this helps! Oh and make sure you get the ones that are drilled through, not the ones that just have a hole drilled part way through.

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  23. Okay! Thanks so much! :) I actually went through that aisle but didn't look through it too much lol thanks again and have a great day! :)

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  24. Laura,

    I was googling for this tutorial today, and found it... here (http://www.sheknows.com/living/diy-craft-photo-tutorials-gallery/diy-wooden-bead-necklace/finished-diy-wood-bead-necklace). Maybe you know about this and gave them permission to post, but since they replaced your logo with their own I am guessing that you did not. Just thought you would like to know that your content is showing up elsewhere without attribution - I know I would!

    Kacie

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    1. hi kacie, thanks for the heads up, but i actually gave them permission to use the project, so we're all good there. i appreciate you looking out for me though. so thoughtful!

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  25. I've been eyeing up this cute necklace for awhile and finally decided to get the materials! I'm wondering though if the paint will rub off onto my shirt when I wear it?? Did you have any problems with that? Thanks :)

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    1. hi katie, i didn't have a problem with the paint rubbing off onto my clothes and i've worn mine countless times. if you're concerned about it, once the paint dries, spray some poly urethane on the beads to seal them. hope that helps!

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    2. Great, I may try it with just the paint then since it worked for you. Thank you!!

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  26. Love it! Thank you. I made it today for my sisters birthday tomorrow. She will love it too.

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    1. I'm so happy to know you used this tutorial to make your sisters birthday gift. What a sweet idea. Hope she enjoys it too!

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  27. This is pretty awesome! I'm pretty sure I even have everything I need to make this right now. Woohoo!

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  28. I can't find a chain like that, where did you get it?

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  29. I found my chain at Michaels. Hope that helps!

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