- Wooden beads in a variety of sizes (I used two sizes in my necklaces)
- A safety pin (for stringing your beads)
- Two 1″ wide x 30″ long (you can always make them shorter at the end!) strips of knit fabric in your preferred color or pattern (this is a perfect project to use up those scraps!) Knit is my choice here because it doesn’t fray, it’s soft and simple, comes in a variety of colors, and can stretch as needed.
- Playdough (optional) – for painting
- Toothpicks (optional) – for painting
- Acrylic paint (in a matching/coordinating color) and a paint brush
- Roll your play dough into tiny balls that can fit into your beads.
- Stuff the play dough into the hole of the beads.
- Insert a toothpick into the play dough.
- I used two knit strips for my necklaces to make them a little more durable and to make my knots a little bigger on each end of the bobbles.
- First, stack the knit strips on top of each other and pin them together with a safety pin.
- Then, string the beads onto the knit using the safety pin as a needle. My “pattern” was 3 small beads > 5 big beads > 3 small beads. I knotted off the ends of the beads by tying my two knit strips together into knots.
As always, thanks to Amy for having my stop by today. If you haven’t yet, I’d love it you came over to visit me at The Homes I Have Made and follow along in my decorating and crafting adventures! Hope you all have a great end to the summer!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Thanks for the ingenious way to paint beads! The necklaces are really cute. I have some wooden beads waiting for some activity!
Super cute!! I love the beaded necklace!! Thanks for the tutorial!!
Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos says
Very cool. Both necklaces look great!
Home Coming says
Beautiful job! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-our-country-weekend.html