How To Dye Wood Craft Beads Quickly And Easily


Learn how to dye wood craft beads with this easy DIY tutorial. You can use the dyed beads to make garlands, decorate glass vases, create plant hangers, and so much more.

Hello! Michelle from Our Crafty Mom back today with a fun craft project using wood beads. Rather than leave the beads the natural color, I wanted to dye them a classic blue to go with my ever growing collection of blue and white home decor, like my DIY beaded plant hanger.

how to dye wood craft beads

Have you jumped on the wood bead bandwagon yet? I have to say I’m pretty obsessed with wood bead crafts. You can use them in so many different ways. A quick search on Pinterest will show thousands of fun and unique things to make with them.

While I like the natural color, I had an idea to make a blue and natural wood bead plant hanger-stay tuned for that! I thought about buying colored wood beads, but what’s the fun in that? Plus, I had a huge stash of natural beads, so I knew I could dye them for a lot less. Let’s go to this super simple project.

How to dye wood craft beads

There are a few different options for dying wood craft beads, but I am trying to use items I already have on hand during this time at home. I’m so glad I did, because this process worked like a charm.

What you need: 

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Craft Tools Needed: 

  • Heat Gun (optional)

Supplies Needed: 

wood craft beads shown with decoart color stain paint on turquoise background


1. prepare the color stain.

Pour the color stain paint into a tall plastic cup up to the first line on the cup, or about 1/4 of the way full.

navy color stain paint poured in plastic cup

2. add water.

Add an equal amount of water to the cup and mix thoroughly.

water poured in cup

step 3. dye the beads.

Add a handful of wood craft beads to the paint-filled cup. Make sure the beads are covered completely with the paint mix. Add more water if you need to.

wood beads in cup

step 4. allow the beads to sit.

The color stain paint is made for projects like this, so it really worked quickly. But, I allowed the beads to sit for 30 minutes. I wanted them to have a solid blue color. However, if you want a lighter, opaque look you can remove them after just a few minutes.

beads dying in cup

step 5. remove the beads to dry.

Once you are happy with the coverage, remove the wood beads from the cup by using a craft stick. I set up a large sheet pan covered in parchment paper and pushed the beads out onto the pan. It’s best to use parchment paper, as the beads won’t dry to it.

dyed blue wood beads

step 6. let the beads dry.

Let the wood beads dry overnight, or use a heat gun to speed up the process. It also helps to use a craft stick to move the beads around while they are drying to avoid any drips. While a heat gun is optional, it definitely was very handy for this project. I was able to speed up the drying time and avoid any drips.

wood beads on parchment paper

step 7. repeat the process.

Continue to dye as many beads as you like. I dyed about 50 as I knew that is how many I would need for my planned project.

wood bead garland

Now that you have your pretty dyed wood beads, you can use them to decorate frames, create wreaths, make garlands and so much more. Remember the DIY wood bead plant hanger I mentioned? Here is a little sneak peak of it:

wood bead plant holder
easily dye wood craft beads

What’s Next? 

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