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How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

It's so easy to forget about the most simple ways of personalising your own jewellery. Starting with a simple wooden surface can lead to a whole host of amazing designs being applied on top. These brilliant round wooden beads make a great base for painting with acrylic paints, drawing on with paint pens or decorating/dying in any other way you can think of. These beads have a bit of a shine, which means they might repel water based colours and paints, but there are plenty in a pack to experiment with!

Get your paints ready and follow my tutorial below to learn how to paint your beads and finally make a beaded tassel charm.

Please note - each charm requires approx. 7-8 metres of cord to make a nice full tassel measuring 7cm long. We used 0.5mm satin cord, but feel free to experiment with different cords which drape well. 


Get all the materials you need 

*Materials list does not include acrylic paint, paintbrush and cocktail sticks.  


Tutorial

Step 1

To prime your wooden beads to paint onto, you'll need some cocktail sticks (or something similar to hold the beads through their hole) a paintbrush and some white acrylic paint / gesso. 

Put a bead onto a cocktail stick and paint it white, don't worry too much about your brush strokes showing on the paint, as long as the surface is reasonably smooth with no ridges of paint. Paint as many beads as you want, and stick your cocktail sticks so that they are holding the bead up in the air. I used a ball of blutac and stuck the stick into it like you would with a pincushion. Leave your first coat of white paint to dry and then repeat once more for a more even white finish. 

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 2

Next, mix up some colours that you'd like to paint onto the beads. Make matching tones by mixing the same colour twice and adding some white to one of them to make a lighter version. Paint this onto the dry white coat of paint. 

*While you'll want to make your painting neat, make sure not to use too many brush strokes. The more you move the paint about, the more likely it is that you will start mixing into the dry paint that's already there and revealing the wooden colour again.

Paint evenly from top to bottom.

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 3

Coat your beads once more with your coloured paint. Once they are dry from the second coat of colour, take your acrylic paint and add some drops of water to it, to thin out the paint a bit. Take your bead and roll it in the runny paint to coat it with a shine and no brush strokes - similar to coating a 'cake-pop' or a strawberry in melted chocolate or icing! 


How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 4

You will still have to help the paint around the top and base of the bead with your brush, but the runny paint should erase these little brush strokes. In the image, you can see how smooth the dipped paint bead is compared to the hand-painted one. Let the paint drip downwards and carefully  wipe away the excess at the base of the bead with your brush. Place this to one side to dry again. You can turn the beads slightly after a few minutes if the paint has gathered on one side. 

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 5

Once you have painted as many beads as you want and left them to dry fully, carefully twist them off of the cocktail sticks. Pair your beads together in any colour combinations you think look good!

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 6

Now you can make your tassel. Take your satin cord and cut off a strand measuring 20cm long. Put this to one side. Cut another length of thread measuring 20cm in a different colour that matches your beads. For the tassel I am showing you, I cut 1 x 20cm length of grey and 1 x 20cm length of pink cord to match the beads. 

Take a piece of cardboard measuring approx. 6-7cm wide and wrap the rest of the grey cord around the centre. 

Each pack of satin cord has 5metres of thread. You will use one full pack of grey cord here and then wrap another half of a pack around the cardboard as well - using approx. 7-8metres of cord on your tassel. Take a look at the full range of 0.5mm satin cord here >>

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 7

Cut along the bottom of the wrapped cord carefully with sharp scissors and gently remove the cardboard making sure not to pull away any cords. 

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 8

Take your 20cm grey thread and knot this twice, quite tightly around the top of the tassel where the threads fold over.

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 9

Take your 20cm pink cord and wrap this a few times around the top of the tassel to bring all the grey cords together. Knot the ends of the pink cord together twice. 

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 10

Take a big-eye needle and thread these pink cords over the top and under the pink wrapping and down with the rest of the tassel threads. 

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 11

Take your choice of matching beads and thread these onto the top grey threads. Knot the grey threads to a jumpring a couple of times and thread them individually back down through the wooden beads, out of the beads and then thread them under the pink wrapped cord to hide them in with the rest of the tassel. 

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

Step 12

Finally, open the jumpring and attach your earwire (shown in the image), swivel bag clasp, chain, or any other finding/ attachment to make your tassel accessory!

How to Make - Hand-Painted Wooden Bead Tassels

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