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Make an Ombre Bead Necklace

Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

Chunky colorful necklaces are bang on trend at the moment. They're super easy to make yourself and you can give them a gorgeous ombre effect with ordinary spray paint. You could make one to match every outfit! I've included how to make the necklace an adjustable length to suit various garment necklines. With the required supplies readily available at craft supply and DIY stores, this necklace makes a quick and inexpensive but thoughtful gift.


  • 8 to 12 wooden beads
  • 3 cans of spray paint in different colors to achieve an ombre effect (we used yellow, green and blue)
  • About 80cm (32in) length of cord
  • 2 wooden skewers
  • 4 wooden pegs
  • Styrofoam block
  • Large sheet of paper or plastic to protect surfaces from paint overspray

1. Prepare the Beads

Thread your beads onto the skewers then securely peg the ends so they don't fall off.

wooden beads

2. Prepare Your Work Area

It's preferable to use spray paint outdoors in a well-ventilated area as the fumes are very strong. Protect your work area with plenty of paper to prevent over-spray. Spike the skewer holding your beads into a styrofoam block to hold it vertically.

step 2

3. Time to Spray-Paint

Follow the instructions on the can in regards to shaking and priming your spray can. Working on one skewer at a time, paint a few light coats of the lighter color (in our case, green), on the top few beads, then repeat with a darker color (in our case, blue) on the lower beads, allowing the colors to overlap on the flavor beads.

Repeat on the other skewer with the third color.

spray paint beads

4. Allow to Dry

Wait at least an hour for your beads to dry, preferably overnight. Use the peg ends as a kind of stand to prevent the wet painted beads from touching a surface.

paint drying

5. Thread the Beads

Choose your desired number of beads, making sure you have a nice gradual ombre effect. Thread them onto the cord and if you haven't already, cut the cord longer than your desired length.

threaded beads

6. Tie the Adjustable Knot

This step is optional - you may choose to tie a regular knot if you don't need your necklace to be adjustable. Lay your cord ends out as per image.

knot tie 1

Knot one end over the opposite cord.

knot green cord

Repeat on the other side.

double knot

Tighten knots firmly and trim excess cord ends. The knots should slide over the cord making the necklace length adjustable.

adjustable necklace knot

Wear and Enjoy

Time to wear your necklace and enjoy the compliments you'll receive.

You can try experimenting with different colours to create an entire wardrobe of ombre beaded necklaces.

Ombre bead necklace

Have you made the ombre necklace? What shades did you use? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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