Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Decoupage Kid’s Art Beads and Dress-Up Necklaces

Like all kidful households, we’ve got a mountain of paper with crayon scribbles and I just can’t bring myself to throw it out. So I took a little bit of it to make decoupage kids’ art beads, from which I made a fun dress-up necklace for each of my girls plus two for myself!




Kids artwork: They used washable crayons, on regular white paper from my husband’s work (from the end of the roll in their big printer that they would have recycled anyways).

Mod Podge: For this project, I used the glossy kind.

Wood beads: These are round beads, about 1/2 an inch in diameter. They were purchased at Michael’s.

Ribbon: The holes in the beads are rather large, so I was able to use 1/4” ribbon.

Anti-Fraying Glue, for ribbon ends

Also, a craft knife, self-healing cutting mat, a sponge brush (any small brush is fine), sand paper, 2 wooden skewers, rubber bands, and a jar for holding skewer upright.

Making the Decoupage Beads

The wooden beads are round 1/2” in diameter, and about 2 inches in circumference around the equator. I made a rectangular template a little bit bigger than that (so 2 1/8” by 3/4”).

Find a spot on your kids art with colors that you like. Using a craft knife or scissors, cut around the template.


Every 1/8 inches or so, make a little slit along the edges on the long sides of the rectangle. This will help the paper lay flat along the curvature of the bead.


Put a light layer of Mod Podge onto the wrong side of the paper.


Twist a rubber band around a wooden skewer and place this into a jar. This will be your 3rd hand to hold the bead while you decoupage. Lightly sand the bead, then thread the bead onto the skewer and put a light layer of Mod Podge all over the bead.


Center the paper on the bead and wrap it round, joining the two short ends.


Then use your fingers to push down the long end of the paper around the holes of the bead. The slits will lay on top of each other. Use your fingers to gently smooth out the paper as best as possible (there will be wrinkles but I think it’s ok).



Thread onto another skewer to dry and start your next bead. Allow to dry for an hour, and put another thin layer of Mod Podge on top. Allow to dry for another hour.


Making the necklaces

For my girls’ dress-up necklaces, I used velvety pink and yellow ribbons for my necklaces.

Cut enough ribbon to make a necklace that would easily go over their heads. Cut the ribbon at an angle and thread it through a bead. Center the bead in the middle and tied knots on each side, pushing the knot as snugly as I could to the bead. Thread a bead on either side and tie more snug knots. Tie the ends together and use anti-fraying glue on the ends. {Remember to supervise your little ones when they wear their necklaces.}


I wanted to make a necklace for myself to wear with them when we play dress-up, but I wanted to incorporate both pink and yellow. The ribbon is one-sided, so I used my Xyron machine to apply adhesive to both sides. You could also use a glue gun.


Layer one ribbon on top of another


And now you have double-sided velvet ribbon!


But I was a total dingbat and didn’t cut enough ribbon to make a necklace to just throw on over my head. So I tied the ends to this chunky chain I had, trimming the ends off right at the knot and using more anti-fraying glue on the knot. Then at the other end, I wire-wrapped some pearls to attach the clasp.


And here are our three dress-up necklaces!


Hmm what to do with the remaining beads…make a keychain, or make a fancy schmancy necklace? Fancy schmancy necklace it is.


If you’d like to learn how to make wire-wrapped loops for jewelry, BeadStyle Magazine has a tutorial here as well as in the back of every paper issue.



Thanks so much for stopping by!


Note: This post originally appeared on my mom blog, Silly Precious Piggies, in 2010.


  1. This is so beautiful..I have been looking to do a project with a group of beginners and had thought of using wooden beads and knotting them with a ribbon...now you have given me the additional idea of using decoupage on them...thanks..that would make the project more interesting :)

  2. So fun- even my boys would enjoy this! :) I love how your own necklace turned out too!

  3. WOW! Your "fancy" necklace is stunning- and so incredibly creative that it features the kids' doodles. How perfect of a gift is this?
    Featuring this on my FB page today- I love it!!

  4. This is so fun and original!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/


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