Easy Wood Bead Statement Necklace DIY

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions, ideas, and images are completely my own.

This is my new favorite necklace! It’s one-of-a-kind. It’s a mix between shiny with a pop of some of my favorite colors. It makes a statement and I love wearing it!

Easy Homemade Statement Necklace

I didn’t find it in any store. The truth is, I made it with wood beads, craft paint, and the newest color in the DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ line.

how to make a wood bead statement necklace

I have used Metallic Lustre in a number of other craft projects, like this HOPE wood door sign:

Gold Decorated Hope Sign #easyhomedecor

or to give a little rustic glam to this bracelet that I made as a wedding present for a dear friend:

Burned wood bracelet homemade wedding gift idea

But I have to say, I really LOVE the new Rose Gold Metallic Lustre color. So gorgeous!

And honestly, it couldn’t be easier to apply to an unfinished wood surface. I simply used a soft cloth (I like to cut up old t-shirts to use as craft rags) to apply the Metallic Lustre right onto my surface. I continue to buff and rub until I’m satisfied with the coverage, the shine, and making sure there isn’t any excess. It isn’t like paint where you have to wait for it to dry. And a little goes a long way.

easy Rose gold hand painted wood beads with metallic lustre

Here is the full supply list that I used to make my fun wood bead statement necklace:

  • unfinished wood beads about 5/8″ in diameter ( I used six total)
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Rose Gold
  • Americana® Multi-surface Satin in Neon Pink, Mushroom, and French Silk colors
  • Soft cloth
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cream colored cording
  • Seed beads in coordinating color

Above I showed you how easy it is to apply the Metallic Lustre to wood. I applied to three wooden beads.

Then, I wanted to make three different colored big beads with coordinating colors and one that would have some “Pop”. I painted one neutral, one a pretty peach color, and the third a neon pink color.

My little try to painting wood beads without getting your fingers all messy is to cut a plastic straw at an angle to create a tip that can easily be put into the hole of your beads.

How to easily paint wood beads

Then simply hold your new “paint stick” and apply paint with a paintbrush. Then, another trick to avoid ruining your new paint job is to place the end of your straw in a cup of rice to hold upright until the paint is dry.

How to easily paint wood beads without getting paint on your fingers

I used this same technique here with metallic painted wood bead necklace:

Painted bead necklace mother's day gift idea

For today’s statement necklace DIY, I first cut a length of jewelry cotton cord about 30″ long.

I strung a seed bead on the cord and folded it in half and strung it through my first colored wood bead. Then I knotted the cord a couple of times so that it would not go through the hole in the bead. I used the bead and the knots as a “stopper” for the bead.

Then I strung more seed beads on each side of my cording and strung through the next painted bead. Repeating until I had all three colored beads strung on my cord in a line. I finished off with another knot at the top.

easy handmade hand painted wood bead statement necklace DIY


Then I took each end of the two cords and strung them through one of the Rose Gold beads, followed by more seed beads and the last two beads on either side of the center gold bead.


Easy Wood Bead Statement Necklace DIY

I truly love the way my new necklace turned out. What project would you try with Metallic Lustre Rose Gold? I’m telling ya, you are going to love the results!



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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