DIY Beaded Necklace Craft Gift Idea for Mom

Painting is one of my favorite hobbies, and it doesn’t have to be on a canvas. And homemade Mother’s Day craft gift ideas have been on my brain lately, too. How does the saying go? Give a gift that you would like for yourself? One of my favorite ways to accessorize an outfit with a pop of color is from a cool statement necklace. That is where today’s DIY craft gift idea comes from.

painted bead statement necklace gift craft

I painted wooden beads as part of my weekend craft activities and made a really cool statement necklace.

For the modern bead necklace, I started with DecoArt”s Dazzling Metallics Paint in Festive Red, Shimmering Silver, and Venetian Gold.

painted bead statement necklace supplies

I also used unfinished wooden beads, painter’s tape, black cording, a paint palette, and a paintbrush.

If you have ever tried to paint a bead before, the first challenge you have is figuring out how to paint the whole bead while holding it and not messing up your paint job by getting your fingers in the paint.

To solve this problem, I used a cup of rice and some straws that I creatively cut into bead holders.

Easy painting wooden beads tutorial @clubchicacircle

On each straw, I cut off the “bendy” part. On the other ends, I cut them at an angle to create a point. Then I placed each bead on top of each pointy end, and used the rest of the straw as a wand to hold the bead while I painted them. When I wasn’t holding the bead, or needed to let the paint dry, I placed the straws and beads in a cup of rice for stability. Voilá! Instant bead holder and drying rack.

For the red, gold, and silver design, I painted 3 beads red, 2 beads gold, and 2 beads silver, and let them dry completely.

Next, I took a strip of painter’s tape to cover up one side of 2 red beads, 1 gold bead, and 1 silver bead.

painted wooden bead necklace craft DIY

I painted the exposed end of the beads with alternately colors to create my necklace design. I planned my design to have the brilliant metallic red in the center, and then transition out to gold and silver on either side.

After that coat was dry, I peeled away the painter’s tape to reveal the clean line and the “half-and-half” beads.

The final step was just stringing the beads onto the cording, and tying a simple knot on the end.

DIY painted bead necklace craft idea

So easy and so pretty! Don’t you think?

As I mentioned before, this would make a great homemade Mother’s Day craft gift idea. But of course, as soon as I finished the necklace, my tween snatched it and claimed it as her own.

painted bead homemade necklace craft gift idea for girl

Good thing it was so easy to make! And she looked super cute in it. = )

painted wooden bead necklace gift idea

The DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paints were so easy to work with. I love the metallic shine I got on the plain wooden beads, and the modern design.


Our crafty weekend didn’t stop there. For fun, and in celebration of Earth Day, I made my girl a painted globe wooden bead necklace.

This time I used DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint. I used neon green and neon blue for the land and water, and blue cording.

Painted wooden globe bead supplies

First I painted the whole bead neon green, and let dry, Then I added neon blue on top in a globe pattern for the water.

Earth Day Painted Bead Necklace Craft Idea @clubchicacircle

For a 20-minute craft, I think it turned out pretty cute!

Happy Earth Day, and Happy Crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  4 comments for “DIY Beaded Necklace Craft Gift Idea for Mom

  1. April 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    What a fantastic, simple craft. I naturally have a whole bunch of ideas on how to “make this my own”… you offer some fine inspiration and pixie dust here…THANK YOU for that!

    Glad I popped over from SITSSharefest.

  2. May 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    You are a genius to use the cup of rice! What a great idea. Love how your necklaces turned out. 🙂

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