Painted Wooden Bead Necklaces

What kid doesn't love painting? The mere mention of paint gets my kids running for the table. Add in some big chunky beads that they can wear proudly around their neck? Yeah, my kids were in a state of bliss...and this is a project that this mommy is definitely proud to sport in public!

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To start, we covered the kids' workspace with some paper towels for them to work on since painting is fun but messy. Then we poured the paint colors into small cups, and each kid got brushes and beads.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then I just let the kids loose painting their beads (and their fingers, as it would seem!).

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    My three-year-old liked slapping on the paint and then rolling the bead on the paper towel to create her design. This method also removes excess paint.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    My five-year-old wanted to get artistic and used a small brush to add different colored dots and designs to the beads.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Then we let the beads dry for about 30 minutes on a paper towel. The kids just sat back, admired their work, and chatted about how they'd arrange the beads on their necklaces.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    Once the beads were dry, the kids strung them on a string and tied the ends. They wore their creations proudly! Even my son was thrilled to have his colorful pieces of art on a string.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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