Wood Bead Dyed Necklace

February 22 2018

Create your own statement necklace at home by simply dyeing wood beads. This is a quick, easy and fun project for all ages. Customize the necklace with our color formula library.  Follow the steps below and learn how to create your own wood bead necklace with Rit.

  • Wood Beads, 1 1/2" Diameter
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Teal or Your Favorite Color(s)
  • Embroidery Thread for Tassels
  • Twine
  • Leather Cord
  • Craft Adhesive
  • Container for Dyeing
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
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  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Add dye color of choice to hot water in a container safe for dyeing.
  3. Put on gloves and place wood beads in the dye bath to soak until desired color is acheived. The longer the beads stay in the dye bath, the darker the color will be. Lightly stir them to give your beads an “organic” look. Repeat to create as many colors as you wish. 
  4. Let beads dry fully on a stack of paper towels.
  5. Once dry, position and line up your beads as desired.
  6. Create tassels with embroidery thread.
  7. Using twine, string beads together and loop the tassel head onto the twine. Loop twine back up into the same beads and set aside.
  8. Cut leather cord to the length desired and knot ends to create necklace.
  9. Secure and knot the ends of the twine onto the necklace cord. If needed, secure ends of twine with craft adhesive.


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