Use Nail Polish to Craft a Simple Beaded Necklace in Minutes

I am a big fan of long necklaces. They work with almost any outfit and generally give an outfit a cool/relaxed vibe. So, I thought I would make my own, and I’m showing you how to make one too.

This is a great DIY to try with older kids too (with supervision of course, since you’ll be using nail polish).

How to make a long, beaded necklace in minutes.

Here’s how to make unique beaded necklaces with colorful paint in thirty minutes or less…

Supplies for a Long Beaded Necklace DIY


  • Beads
  • Waxed cotton or leather cord
  • Nail polish
  • Primer or gesso (if using wood beads)
  • Paintbrush
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Wood skewers
  • Scissors


Gesso wood beads for necklace DIY

Step 1: To get started, pick out the beads you’d like to use. Then, apply gesso with a paintbrush to any wood beads that you want to paint a solid color. Allow the gesso to dry completely before moving on to step two.

Step 2 // Paint beads with nail polish

Finished bead

Step 2: Now you’re ready to start adding color. Use the wood skewers to help hold the beads and paint the gessoed bead with nail polish.

Painting wood beads with nail polish for long DIY necklace.

Step 3: You can also try out patterns with the other beads, such as brush strokes, diamonds, and stripes. The brush strokes can be done in any pattern that you like.

Painting wood geometric beads with nail polish

Step 4: The diamond shape was painted onto a faceted bead, so I was able to follow the lines of the facets on the bead.

Painting a striped bead.


Step 5: For the striped bead, use the washi or painter’s tape to mask off the stripe. Paint the exposed strip. After one minute, before the paint has fully dried, carefully peel the tape off.

Cut string for necklace

Beads strung up on pink cord for necklace.

Step 6: After the beads have dried, arrange them to your liking and string them onto the cotton or leather cord.

Knot the cording

Step 7: Knot the end, and it’s ready to wear.

DIY // Long Painted Necklace with Wood Beads

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