Painted wood bead hack! The quickest and easiest way!

Have you ever had a light bulb moment in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?! That is what happened with this! I have nooooo idea why I was woken out of a sleep thinking about this, but I’m sure glad I was!

This painted wood bead hack is a GAME CHANGER! It’s the quickest and easiest way I’ve found to paint wood beads for sure!

Painted wood bead hack- so quick and easy, your mind will be blown!

In the past I have pretty much avoided painted wood bead projects, because putting them on a skewer and hand painting each one is just too tedious of a task for me. I didn’t find it enjoyable!

That’s when my mind was blown when I thought, I wonder if you could just throw them in some paint and roll them around?! So….I tried it!

Painted wood bead hack for wood bead garlands

Here’s what I found that works great for me:

Take any size wood beads…I use 20mm and 16mm for most of my projects, but it just depends on what I’m doing honestly. Amazon is a great place to get some. Here’s my amazon shop where I have a few linked up.

Painted wood bead hack beads from amazon

Get any color acrylic paint and put it in a paper bowl. Add a little water to thin your paint a bit. I don’t have an exact ratio, but just enough to make it a little thinner.

Painted wood bead hack- water down your paint

Mix the paint up, drop some beads down in your bowl and roll those babies around!! You will be in shock how quickly they get coated.

Painted wood bead hack- roll them around in paint

I use a plastic spoon to scoop them out. If you are going to dry them with a hair dryer (put hair dryer on low setting and guard them with your hand or they will go flying) you can set them on a paper towel. If you are going to let them dry on their own, try using something like wax paper so they don’t stick.

Painted wood bead hack

For some of mine, I actually patted them dry with a paper towel to give them almost a washed look (not full coverage). For others, I would dry them and then give them a 2nd coat for full and solid coverage. That’s just a matter of preference!

Painted wood bead hack

Painted wood bead hack using acrylic paint
Painted wood bead hack

Here are some that I have painted and used as garlands! The video of me making this coral and aqua garland can be found HERE!

Painted wood bead hack for wood bead garlands

If you want to learn how I made this super cute buffalo check garland…WATCH THIS VIDEO HERE!! (this one is my personal favorite!)

Painted wood bead hack for wood bead garlands

Are you wood bead obsessed like me?! I hope this is a game changer for you and makes you realize you can now paint beads for ALLLL the reasons and seasons! Let me know if you found it helpful!

Until next time…




  1. Joyce

    Great way to cover beads easily. How about slowing down on attacking and making tassels from ribbon or yarn or other things.

  2. Kathy T

    very cute
    where did you get that cute little truck

    • Stacey Collins

      I sold those in my mother’s day boxes, but they are sold out. Sorry!


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