Make an ombre wood beaded necklace

Make an ombre beaded necklaceDon’t laugh at me – but who remembers when I did My Aqua Valentine? The year was 2012, and I decided that all of my Valentine’s Day projects were going to be shades of blue instead of the standard red and pink. Yeah, so this necklace is leftover from that series of projects. I could never find the finished project photos I did. Then I found them! I’ve always wanted to make something with wood beads, so was my chance to make a fun, chunky necklace. The thing is, I still like it two years later, so that’s a good sign, right? You don’t have to add the stencil like I did . . . it can be an ombre necklace all on its own. I’ll leave that up to you. Here’s how I made this necklace.

Gather These Supplies

  • Round wood beads – 7
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • FolkArt acrylic paint – Teal, Wicker White
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Stencils¬†– Holiday Icons II
  • Satin cord, cream
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Small stencil brush
  • Optional – wood sticks/skewers to hold your beads

IMG_5191Grab your wood beads and satin cord – and just FYI, I got the satin cord in the kids’ crafting section. It came with three other colors.

IMG_5192Use your Teal paint to paint one bead – no color mixing. That is the only time you’ll use the Teal straight out of the bottle.

IMG_5193On your palette or plate, make three little piles of Teal paint. Keep them far enough apart. Note that I both 1) didn’t keep the piles far enough apart and 2) used too much paint in the beginning.

IMG_5194Start adding white to your piles. Add a little to the first pile, more to the second pile and even more to the third pile. I first focused on the second pile o’ paint and make sure that it was a little lighter than the Teal. Note that you don’t have to do it the same way I did it, but this is what worked for me, I liked to mix my colors all at once so that I could see what I was working with (also the paint dries slowly so I was okay).

IMG_5195I painted two beads with color #2. I used the wood sticks to make it easy on myself and to set them up to dry.

IMG_5196Look at how lovely color #2 is!

IMG_5197I realized color #3 needed to be tweaked a little – so I added a bit more white. I painted two more beads. Then I tweaked color #4 a little and painted the final two beads. Let them all dry.

IMG_5219Once your beads are dry, paint them with Mod Podge to seal. Keep the sticks in the game at this point so that you can use them again.

IMG_5225So I threaded my necklace on the satin and realized we were missing a little something . . . . to make it truly Valentine’s Day.

IMG_5227So I added a little “be mine” with an adhesive stencil, stencil brush and the white paint.

How to make an ombre beaded necklaceI think the ombre compliments my tan, no? Haha! That tan is long gone, by the way. But the necklace . . . will last forever. Happy Valentine’s Day!