I like to live with the delusion that wearing a necklace makes my Mom-Uniform of rolled-up pants and t-shirts more stylish, so while I don’t wear a lot of other jewelry, I usually put on a necklace. I’ve liked the chunky, bright ones that have been everywhere lately, so when I saw this handmade bauble necklace tutorial from A Beautiful Mess, I knew I definitely wanted to try it.
It’s really simple – paint wooden beads with acrylic paint, then seal with a gloss. After they’re dry, string them on a cord.I found it helpful to find something to put the beads on while painting – for the larger beads, I jammed them onto the end of drinking straw, and for the smaller ones, I found that three toothpicks fit snugly, and also allowed me to stab them into styrofoam while they were drying. Total win. Also, if you have a toddler assistant who is willing to organize your paint bottles (as pictured) while you’re working, it’s really helpful.
I actually like the ribbon better; I can just tie the necklace in a bow at whatever length I prefer. Plus, I can change out the beads and/or ribbon color whenever I want.
I really love this project; I made two necklaces in about 40 minutes (not including drying time, of course), and it was so inexpensive. You can get a bag of 30 wooden beads at JoAnn’s for $4.99 (though I had a 40% off coupon, so only paid $3), the gloss was $3.99 at Hobby Lobby (again, though, I used a 40% off coupon, so it was only $2.40 really and I have enough left to make about 20 more necklaces), the ribbon was a dollar, and the paint was from my craft closet.