DIY Painted Wooden Bead Necklace

DIY painted wooden bead necklace

When I saw Joy in this super cute necklace on Oh Joy! from The House of Kami I knew I wanted to create a DIY version. The bright colors are so pretty for spring. Then I went nuts and couldn’t stop painting beads.

You will need:

  • Wooden beads in several sizes.
  • Acrylic paint in a few different colors.
  • Mod Podge Gloss.
  • Paint brush.
  • Twine. You can also use jewelry chain or leather cord to string the beads.

wooden bead necklace supplies


1. First, paint the beads. Two coats gives you good coverage.

2. After the paint is dry give the beads a coat of Mod Podge gloss.

3. String the beads. If you use twine, wrap the end in a piece of tape to make it easier to thread.

4. Have fun experimenting with different colors and bead sizes!

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  1. Sandy O says

    This would be a great fine motor skill for the classroom and a special gift for Mother’s Day! Thanks so much for sharing. I love that it is all non-toxic too!

  2. says

    I just found this blog post about beads and think this is such a cute idea, bead necklaces are so in right now, and this post is a year old. I think I will try this this weekend. Love it, very cute

  3. Heather says

    I LOVE this project… the end result is so wearable! I’m having trouble finding similar wood beads– any sourcing ideas?

  4. says

    What a great idea!!!! I was just thinking about needing to add some chunky jewelry… actually braclets, but can never find anything in the ‘perfect’ colors… Now I can make the bead colors I want!!!! Thanks so much for this post, I never knew it was that easy to paint wooden beads. Have a wonderful weekend! Visiting from Fingerprints on the Fridge. ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

  5. says

    What a GREAT idea! Especially for pre-schoolers to make for themselves or someone else….like say, their MOM for Mother’s Day!? I know it would be a craft that would actually be worn & not just hung up to collect dust :) Thanks for sharing this! We may have to give this craft a try around here!! -Julie

  6. says

    Stephanie, I always love your DIY’s. These look incredibly fun an I have been wanting to snatch a bag of big wooden beads at Hobby Lobby:)
    Thanks for sharing!

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