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DIY Painted Wooden Bead Necklace

My oldest child is 3 1/2 this year, so I’m trying to get him a little bit involved in gift giving for Christmas. Although I don’t expect him to come up with any gift ideas, I’ve tried to find crafts that we can give as gifts that are fun, but also simple. Today I want to share with you an easy project that we did this year, and you can too — they make perfect gifts for Grandma’s or teachers!

Materials:

  • wooden beads (any size will work — mine were about 1/2 an inch wide and I found them at Michael’s craft store)
  • string or chain
  • acrylic paint
  • painter’s tape
  • foam brushes
  • DIY Painted Wooden Bead Necklace 1 of 10
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    Click through for an easy and fun project you can do with your kids this year! 

  • Materials 2 of 10
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    Start with your beads, acrylic paint, sponge brushes, and string.

  • Set Up 3 of 10
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    Squeeze a small amount of each paint color onto a paper plate.

  • Cover Up! 4 of 10
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    Don't forget to protect those clothes! We poked holes in a trash bag to make a smock. 

  • Tape 5 of 10
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    (Optional) Using painter's tape, cover half of the bead. 

  • Time to Paint! 6 of 10
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    Now let your kids go to town and cover those beads!

  • Drying Time 7 of 10
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    Let your paint dry for one hour. 

  • String It Up 8 of 10
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    Once the beads are dry, slide them onto your string.

  • Tie the Knot 9 of 10
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    Knot the ends of your string to make the necklace your desired length.

  • Wear with Pride 10 of 10
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    Send them to Grandma or wrap them up as a gift for their teachers. A perfect and easy gift from them!

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