How to Paint Wood Beads

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How to Paint Wood Beads
You can paint your own wooden beads using acrylic paint. (Wooden Beads image by Stephanie Mueller from

When you make jewellery and crafts with wooden beads, it can make the finished product look more natural and earthy. Many people choose plastic or polymer beads over wood because they are colourful. However, wooden beads can become colourful as well by painting them with acrylic paints. When you paint wooden beads, it is important to follow a procedure that will prevent the hole of the bead from becoming filled with the paint, thereby making it impossible to string them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Toothpicks
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint

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  1. 1

    Insert a toothpick through the hole of a wooden bead.

  2. 2

    Hold onto the toothpick, keeping the toothpick parallel to the floor, and allow the bead to hang freely.

  3. 3

    Paint the surface of the bead using acrylic paint. Let the paint dry.

  4. 4

    Dip the end of a second toothpick into a different colour of acrylic paint.

  5. 5

    Tap the painted end of the toothpick over the surface of the bead to make designs and patterns. Let the paint dry.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process to make as many beads as you need for your craft project.

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