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Dyed Wooden Beads Necklace

A quick dye gives unfinished beads a beachy, weathered look. These monochromatic necklaces, strung on leather cord, can be worn solo or piled on for effect.

Source: Martha Stewart


Unfinished wooden beads are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk. Ours range from 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, with 35 to 90 beads per necklace. Dye a few and let them dry for 15 minutes to test a hue.


  • Powder dye in Evening Blue, Denim Blue, Taupe, Teal, and Yellow, by Rit Dye, ritdye.comor crafts stores nationwide

  • Round leather cord, 2mm, in Iceburg, White, and Yellow, from Leather Cord

  • Polyurethane spray (optional, to seal beads)


  1. String wooden beads onto leather cord to determine how many to dye. Transfer beads onto floral wire. In a nonreactive bowl, mix 8 cups boiling water with dye.

    Color Recipes: Submerge beads until desired shade is achieved. (Once dry, the color will be much lighter.) The dyes are from

    Yellow: 2 teaspoons Yellow

    Blue-Green: 1/2 teaspoon Teal, 1/4 teaspoon Taupe

    Light Blue: 1 teaspoon Evening Blue

    Dark Blue: 1/4 teaspoon Denim Blue, 1/4 teaspoon Taupe, 1/4 teaspoon Teal

  2. Bend wire ends upward. Wearing rubber gloves, submerge beads for 2 to 6 minutes, agitating gently.

  3. Let dry overnight on paper towels. To seal beads (optional), spray with polyurethane, following manufacturer's directions; let dry. Restring beads on leather cord; knot and trim ends.

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