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Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Since the weather has warmed and St. Patty’s Day is next week, we wanted to make more fun things to wear for Spring. I also wanted to show you a cool hack to use when painting beads….it’s life~changing. Seriously!

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

You’ll Need:

Wooden Beads {I carry these in my Etsy shop}

Paint~ I used the “pearl” finish from Martha Stewart

Paintbrush~ duh

Plastic Straws

Rice in a container or Jar

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

So, take your straws and cut the “bendy” part off…this just makes it so the straws won’t bend at inopportune times {this advice is from experience, sadly}.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Fold the end of the straw in half to slide the bead on.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Start painting!

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Then, stick the straw in a jar…or bucket of rice to hold it up while the beads dry. Magic! No more messy, paint~y, fingers babeeeeee! The straw holds the beads beautifully tightly too.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Ok, so paint them all….I did 2 coats and painted smaller white ones to string in~between.

They look So purdy like this! *My kids totally thought this bucket of beads on straws was the craft itself….true story.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

I grabbed some leftover jersey knit from the last post and wrapped some tapeĀ tightly around the end to string them. If you don’t have jersey handy….Use ribbon, twine, or anything to string them.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

We added the colors in rainbow sequence….to get in the spirit and all.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

She called dibs on this one.

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

I love the shimmer from the pearl paint and the girls are already elbow~deep in supplies making more!

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Have fun making your own….and even faster now with the straw hack!

Have fun!

Painted Rainbow Bead Necklace + Cool Painting Hack @NotSoIdleHands.com

Swing by the Etsy Shop to grab some beads of your own

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

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