DIY Easy Ombre Necklace

on March 11, 2019

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Grab some wooden beads and make this ultra classy Easy Ombre Necklace for yourself or a friend. This project is great when you’re “procraftinating” AND for St. Patrick’s Day! 

We currently interrupt your regularly scheduled study session to bring you a craft break. You know sometimes when everything just get so overwhelming and you just need to…. make something? Yep. That’s where I’m at. I feel like the last month has been a roller coaster of work and school and tests, not to mention keeping myself alive and stuff. Because being a grown up is hard okay? Anyway. Everything’s been a lot and it’s not looking like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

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That all being said, I HAD to take a craft break the other night. Did I have a test to study for? (And I’m pretty sure I bombed it, but I’ll let you know when grades come back) YES. Did I have assignments due? Um…. see the previous answer. But, crafting has always been my way to de-stress. Its where I feel at home. Making something cute, figuring things out.

This DIY Easy Ombre necklace was so simple to make and used supplies I already had on hand. Also, It’s going to save me from getting pinched by the littles on St. Patrick’s day so it’s TOTALLY a win! You really only need 2 colors of paint – green and white – or really any color and white. To make a great ombre effect. I added the gold bits at the end for a bit more class. Because y’all know bougie gold paint takes everything up at least 2 notches. And then I used the gold and a small brush add some extra design elements to each bead. This can be a fun way to create a more layered look when you’re dealing with a 6 bead necklace FOR SURE. And it turned out SO good! I even made a few for some friends.

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DIY Easy Ombre Necklace

Cost: $5 or less!
Time: 20 minutes plus dry time
Suggested Viewing: Russian Doll (its so good!)

Wooden Beads
Green acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Paint brush
Chopstick or wooden skewer and tape

The main technique in this project is creating the ombre paint. You COULD go to the craft store and buy all the shades of green you need, but why would you do that? This technique is so handy and you’ll be asking yourself why you hadn’t tried it before. SO! to make ombre paint colors… Squirt a big blob of the main color onto a pallet or piece of scratch paper and place another squirt of white next to it. Paint the things you need in the main color then add a little bit of white to lighten it up. Paint what you need in that shade and then add more white. Keep  doing this until you’ve got all the shades you want! 

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Note: I used a pallet so I would have a bit more of each shade, so I started with a bunch of green in one well and then created other shades from that main well, transporting some of each previous shade into the next well to lighten. 

To paint the beads, skewer your beed on a chopstick or wrap a wooden skewer (the shish kebob kind) with a round of washi tape to keep it from sliding down the skewer. Paint the bead all around and up and down! 


Slide or use the paintbrush to nudge the bead off of the chopstick and repeat the process until all beads are painted in your chosen shades. Then allow them to dry. 

If you want to add some embellishments to each bead, this is the time to do it. I enjoyed painting lines, brush strokes, polkadots… you name it! 

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easy ombre necklace - painted wooden beads - pinch proof - st patricks day

String all of your beads up using a yarn needle or simply taping the end of your ribbon like we did in kindergarten when we made fruit loop necklaces (because I also ended up doing that this week).

painted wooden beads - ombre necklace

Yield: 1

DIY Easy Ombre Necklace

DIY Easy Ombre Necklace
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy




  1. Make your ombre paint for as many beads you want on your necklace
  2. Place a bead on a skewer or chopstick and paint it in one of your ombre shades
  3. Repeat step 2 until all the beads are painted and all of the shades have been used
  4. (optional) Paint 2 gold wooden beads to serve as end pieces.
  5. Once the beads are dry, you can apply another coat if needed.
  6. String the beads together in ombre order and cap with the gold beads.
  7. Tie a knot in the ends and enjoy!

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