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