Summer Straw & Bead Necklace from Krissy at B-Inspired Mama

My Priscilla loves making necklaces for herself as well as family.  And it's always fun to make our own beads instead of just go with store-bought.  Cut straws make great beads, and wooden beads are fun to personalize with paint!  Here's one fun summer necklace we made...


  • Paper straws in various colors
  • Wood beads
  • Acrylic shimmer paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cup with water
  • Pipe cleaner for holding wooden beads while painting
  • String or elastic cord


Step 1: Paint Beads
Thread wooden beads onto a pipe cleaner to make it easier to hold them while painting. Paint wooden beads with acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Cut Straws
Cut paper straws into 1/2" to 1" pieces to make beads. 

Step 3: Tie Off
Cut elastic cord approximately 6 inches longer than you want your necklace to be. Tie one wooden bead securely to one end of cord.

Step 4: Make Your Necklace
String the elastic cord with cut straw and wooden beads.  Make a pattern... or not!

Once all but the last 6 inches of cord is full of beads, thread the cord through the very first bead and tie securely to the other cord end.  Trim cord ends. 

Wear and enjoy!

About the Author: 
Krissy is a former art teacher turned full time mama of 3. She authors B-Inspired Mama to connect with other moms and share inspiration for simple kids craftsfamily recipeslearning fun, and creative parenting

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1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for having me! We had tons of fun with this project. :)


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