I absolutely love wood bead garlands and I have purchased a few here and there. But if you have never been tempted to make your own, you are missing out! Here I will show you the easiest way to paint wood beads!
First things first
First, gather our supplies. Below is a list of supplies you will need to not only paint your beads, but also to make a garland.
- Wood beads, I have a collection of different sizes. Click here and here to see which ones I used.
- Jute Rope, yarn or twine
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Paper Plate or a used bowl you don’t mind having paint in.
- Your choice of Apple Barrel paint colors or any paints you have on hand. I used DecoArt White. I also used Dixie Belle’s Palmetto, Kudzu, and Caviar
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I now have pretty jars of colored beads in addition to more wood bead garlands and I love it!
This craft is so simple.
I have never seen a fidget spinner in person but from my understanding I think this technique of painting wood beads would make a great substitute!
I used paper plates, but I believe a used bowl would work just as well.
I placed 10-20 wood beads on the plate and with my paint color of choice I added maybe a teaspoon of paint on the paper plate.
Less is more. It’s easier to add more paint if needed.
All I do, is start gently shaking the plate around in a circle or back and forth!
That is it.
If the wood beads are not covered well after a few shakes, I add a little bit more paint to the plate, if the paint is still wet.
If there is too much paint on the plate and on the wood beads, I add a new bead of two and keep shaking to disperse the paint around on the wood beads.
It is literally that simple!
Come back every few minutes and shake the plate and beads for the next 15-20 minutes until the paint on the beads are completely dry.
A great tip
Now, this technique will not give 100% coverage with the first layer.
If you are going for a distressed or worn look, one coat is perfect!
If you want more coverage. Let the beads thoroughly dry and then repeat the process again.
Usually two coats will provide 99 to 100% coverage!
Check out my video below to see how I speckled some of my wood beads.
When my husband came home and saw my set up. He rolled his eyes!
Then he saw my speckled beads and perked up!
They reminded him of Quail eggs and he liked those painted wood beads a lot! Men!
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