I usually like to wear a lot of color in my wardrobe, so I thought it might be fun to create a few necklaces that could match. Or for outfits that could use a little more color, I thought it would be fun to create something that would add the pop I was looking for in some of my favorite colors. I found these plastic beads at Hobby Lobby recently and decided to paint most of them.
Since I was looking to use so many different colors, I opted to use nail polish to paint the beads since I already had the colors. I also think that nail polish gives a shiny look that matches the appearance I was going for. This might not be a safe necklace to wear around babies that might want to eat the beads, but for the simple purpose of brightening an outfit, this should work perfect!

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need some plastic beads of assorted sizes, a variety of nail polish colors, some black necklace thread, jewelry pliers, a jewelry starter kit with links to connect your necklace, and sharp scissors.

Steps 2-3: Arrange your beads in the sizes you will want them to be displayed when wearing. You can use a jar to paint your beads since they are round. If you choose this method, you can place one or more on a string and tape to the jar to paint. Your beads will probably needs 2-4 coats of paint depending on the color you choose. I chose to purchase beads that were already a color I would want to use so these would be a few less to paint.

Steps 4-6: After your beads have had ample time to dry (maybe even a few days to be sure they don’t stick together), they should be okay to put on your necklace. Arrange your beads once again in the colors and sizes you will want to wear them in. Attach your necklace thread to your jewelry links by double knotting.

Photography by Marilyn and Kaleb Nimz


1 Comment on DIY: Painted Bead Necklace by Marilyn

  1. Helen
    August 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm (7 years ago)

    I love how colourful these are – it’s nice to brighten things up a bit ­čÖé


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