How to Paint Wooden Beads

How to Paint Wooden BeadsAfter sharing the recap of my bead decorating workshop yesterday, I thought it was only fair to share some tips and tricks with those of you who couldn’t make it!

How to Paint Wooden Beads

What you’ll need:

Acrylic Paint + Brush
Wooden Beads

How to Paint Wooden BeadsWrap a bit of tape about 2-3″ down on your skewer. If your beads are larger than that, position the tape lower on your skewer; you should have skewer visible from the top of the bead. I’ve found that it works best when you wrap the tape a few times around and then wind it down the skewer, that way the bead fits snuggly over the tape rather than resting on top.

Paint with acrylic paint. You will most likely have to give your beads a second coat. To dry, place skewers in a glass! Be sure not to overcrowd your cup so that the beads don’t touch while they’re still wet.

How to Paint Wooden BeadsYou can either leave as is when you dry, or then seal them with a layer of ModPodge. If you want your beads to last without scuffing, I recommend sealing them.

Remove from skewer when completely dry and do with as you please! I love making wooden bead necklaces because the possibilities are essentially endless, not to mention it’s so much cheaper than buying something new. You can also make really cute keychains, like this one Becky made!

How to Paint Wooden BeadsSo fun don’t you think?! You can also rearrange your beads at anytime, making it super easy to mix them up depending on your outfit or the occasion.How to Paint Wooden Beads

  • Monique

    Oh wow! Why didn’t I ever think of this before? So easy! Thank you for this tip!


    • My pleasure Monique! Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  • Carrie Waller

    Perfection =) Love your dress, too!!

  • Laurel (A Bubbly Life)

    Love these colors! awesome!

    • Thanks Laurel! I basically want to wear all of them at once, but that would be a bit much, yeah?

  • Laura – Paper&Pin

    Oh my goodness! Why did I never think of this? Now I won’t get paint all over my fingers next time I’m painting beads :)

    • It’s a total craft epiphany, right?! Love those easy solutions to annoying problems :)


  • So easy when you know how to do it! Love your coloured beads -so fab x

    • Right?! Love finding those little tricks to make crafting even easier. Thank you so much!

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  • Angela Rogers

    I’m finding when I paint my wooden beads that they are left with a streaky look even after 2 coats….do you recommend coating them with something before painting?

    • Oh bummer Angela! I’ve never done a pre-coat, so I’m not 100% what the best solution would be. Perhaps a primer coat of white spray paint? A few things that might help would be:

      1. Make sure you’re using a quality brush. the better the brush, the fewer the brushstrokes.

      2. Use a thick acrylic paint. DecoArt is great for this!

      Best of luck, hopefully some of this is helpful!

  • Momba

    This makes sooo much sense. I am now going to make my Carmen Miranda beads with glitter. Oh Boy. thanks for the hack.

  • Kathleen Rizer

    I LOVE these! They are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this tutorial! Do you use anything to seal them like a varnish type coat? Or just leave painted!