Wooden Craft Store Beads - 5 Trendy and Easy DIY Transformations

Wood beads from the craft store start out round, blank and boring. Give these hidden gems a makeover with these fun DIY jewelry making ideas.

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Wooden craft store beads are a perfect blank jewelry canvas - they can be dyed, painted, burned and more. These five ideas are just the start of things you can do with these little treasures hidden in the raw wood section of your craft store.

The most obvious way to transform a plain wooden beaded is by painting it. Most types of craft store paint and paint pens can be used to adorn the beads. Let the beads dry, string them together and wear.

Another way to add color to wooden beads is by dying them. There are wood specific dyes, but fabric dye also works on wood beads.  

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing dye. You can also dye other pieces of raw wood including round discs. Use a tiny drill bit to ransform the discs into charms.

Seal the dyed wood with a protective top coat so that your skin does not get stained.

Embroidery floss (or thin yarn) can give plain wooden beads a new look.  Remember, if using yarn to consider the size of the hole in the bead. Too much yarn or floss can clog the hole and make the bead unwearable.

Use a needle to thread floss or yarn through one end over the edge and back through the other.  

Alternate colors of floss or yarn creating a pattern. This is a fun technique to try on beads that were previously painted and dyed.

Decoupage medium is a staple in most crafters stash.  Combine this old standby with a thin paper such as gift wrap tissue or paper napkins for a fun embellished bead.

Tear paper into small pieces and using decoupage medium one at a time smooth pieces onto beads.  

Most decoupage mediums act as a glue and a sealant so no top coat necessary. String beads together and wear.

Woodburning is an old-school camp craft with tons of possibilities when it comes to jewelry.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions, paying special attention to safety precautions, and use the woodburning tool to create patterns and designs on the beads.

This is another fun technique to pair with beads that have already been dyed.

Don’t be afraid to try new techniques or combine more than one of these. Wooden beads are found in almost every craft store in the raw wood aisle. They come in varying sizes and shapes online.

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