5 DIY Trendy Transformations for Wooden Craft Store Beads

Ideas for transforming wooden beads.

Wooden craft store beads – they’re round, pale and blah.  Not for long.  Think of the beads as a blank jewelry canvas waiting to be painted, dyed, burned and more.  The raw wood aisle at the craft store is your friend when you start thinking of all the different colorful things those little pieces of wood could become.  Check out a few of the ways I have taken plain craft store wood to new places.

This week’s episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins had 5 different ideas for giving plain wooden craft store beads a trendy transformation.  Love to hear which one is your favorite!  Also, be sure to check out Easy DIY Ideas for Jewelry Making with Wooden Craft Store Beads on the DIY Network.

Wood burned and dyed beads by Jennifer Perkins

Dyed and Burned Wood Beads – It sounds so harsh, but the effects are so cool.  Fabric dye works great on raw wood.  This post gives you all the details.  Take things a step further and bust out your woodburning tool for extra embellishments.

How to convert Easter eggs into a beaded curtain.

Beaded Curtain From Plastic Easter Eggs and Wooden Beads – Sometimes leaving raw wood beads raw is not a bad thing.  Especially when you are recycling Easter eggs and making a beaded curtain.  For the record, this also looks amazing as a garland on a Christmas tree.

Wooden beads embellished with craft store paint.

Puffy Paint Texture on Wooden Beads – Use Puffy Paint to give plain wooden craft store beads raised texture.  Polka dots, flowers and patterns galore.

Pretty in Paint Wooden Craft Store Beads – You can always paint your wooden beads.  Polka dots, Day of the Dead, random patterns inspired by your sketchbooks.  You are only a paint pen away from a fun new necklace.

The Naughty Secretary Club jewelry how-to book.

Shredded Junk Mail Covered Wooden Beads – The cover of my book The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry features a fun idea for decoupaging wood craft store beads.

How to embellish wooden beads with embroidery floss.

Embroidery Floss Wrapped Beads – Who says embroidery floss is just for embroidering, I think it looks pretty spiffy woven over wooden craft store beads.  

Painting Wooden Craft Store Beads with Shaving Cream by Jennifer Perkins

Shaving Cream Marbling – Sure this is a technique typically done on paper, but I’ve done it on clothing and even on wooden beads for this fun Jennifer Perkins Art Necklace.

How to transform wooden craft store beads by Jennifer Perkins

I could go on and on here, but I won’t.  You can always check out all my wearable crafts for more fun jewelry ideas.  Do you have a stock pile of blank wood beads sitting in a craft closet waiting for a facelift?  40% off coupon burning a hole in your pocket?  Might I suggest a trip to the wood bead aisle.

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DIY This With Jennifer Perkins – How to make beads out of paper.  Use up that scrapbooking paper you have lying around.

How to make Shrinky Dink jewelry with coloring book pages.

Coloring Book Shrink Plastic Flair – Why should kids have all the fun with coloring books and Shrinky Dinks?  I want to play too.

How to Make Your Art Into Jewelry – Art shouldn’t just live in journals and sketchbooks, wear it loud and proud as jewelry.  I show you how in this fun video.

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