Looking for some new crafts for those wooden beads sitting in your craft closet? Here are 35 wood bead crafts for you to try. Ideas include some unique projects like a wood doormat, pendant lighting, and a raindrop mirror. Great for beginners!
Wooden beads have been popular in the crafting world for awhile now. You’ve probably seen them used in jewelry, garland, Christmas ornaments and macrame pieces.
Wood beads come in numerous sizes, have a cheap price tag, and are a blank canvas just screaming to be used! With their increased popularity, crafters have come up with some truly unique uses for wood beads.
Types of Wood Beads
As I mentioned, wooden beads can come in different sizes; they can also come in different types of wood and in varying shapes.
At craft stores, you will usually find unfinished pine sphere beads to be the least expensive. If you go to the jewelry making aisle you will find some other shapes and types of wood, but the prices will be higher.
Although they aren’t beads, you can also find wood spheres (or balls) with no hole and split wood “beads” or spheres cut in half. Add these to the list, and your crafting options soar!
Ways to Alter Wooden Beads for Crafting
Many of the crafts on this list use wood beads in their unfinished form. However, there are a few ways you can ‘dress up’ your beads for crafting.
- Paint – brush on acrylic or chalk paint, and you can even spray paint them
- Dye – you can dye your beads using wood dye, fabric dye, and even food coloring
- Stain – just like any other unfinished wood, you can stain it in various colors
- Burn – use a wood burning tool to add intricate designs
Now that you know the types of wood beads and how you can dress them up, let’s get to the list of wood bead crafts! Scroll down to get inspired!
Wood Bead Crafts
Looking for some new ideas for those wooden beads sitting in your craft closet? Here are 35 crafts with wood beads for you to try.
Rainbow Wall Hanging
Erika shares a few different affordable wood bead DIY projects here, but this rainbow wall hanging is my favorite! I like it natural like this, but you could also make it colorful by painting or dyeing the beads.
Fall Split Wood Bead Wreath
I am in love with this combination of split wood beads and faux fall flowers. The muted colors work well in this wreath.
Wood Bead Garland
Learn how to make a wood beaded garland on a budget! This is a perfect home decor craft idea for beginners. You'll complete this project in three simple steps.
Wood Bead Pumpkin
Wired twine with wood beads is connected in a pumpkin form with lambs ear leaves. I love the neutral look of this fall home decorating project.
Mid-Century Style Wood Doormat
Make a DIY wood doormat using wood slats, wood beads, and rope! You can also decorate with fabric. It’s easier to do than you might think.
Night Stand Makeover
Ashley shows how she turned a $10 blank slate wood nightstand into this beautiful piece of furniture with beaded detail!
Pentagon Hanging Planter
This leather and wood bead hanging planter is beautiful! I can't believe that a Cricut cutting machine was used to make the leather shapes.
Wood Bead Chandelier
You could spend hundreds of dollars for a chandelier like this one that Tasha made. Her DIY version looks just as beautiful as the ones you can purchase in a store!
Plate Charger Christmas Wreath
Turn a wood plate charger into this modern, yet rustic, Christmas wreath! The wood beads look great with the ornaments and tie in the unfinished wood of the charger.
Wood Bead Corn
I love the muted colors on this Indian corn decoration for Thanksgiving! The beads were painted with watered down chalk paint.
Beaded Star Ornament For Your Christmas Tree
Learn how to make a beautiful beaded star ornament that will look awesome in your Christmas home! Hang on your tree, in a window, and more.
Chunky Wooden Bead Necklace
Various sizes of stained wood beads are used to create this eye-catching necklace. Mandi shows you cheap and easy it is to make this necklace if you have the right tools!
Himmeli Air Plant Holder
Display your air plants with this super simple brass and wood bead DIY. You just need brass metal tubing, wire and some beads!
Wood Bead Wreath Ornament
Learn how to make a wood bead ornament that looks beautiful on your Christmas tree! You can make this holiday craft in four simple steps.
This raindrop (or teardrop) mirror is super simple to make! This site is in German, but you can right click to translate the tutorial into English.
Wooden Bead Pendant Light
This DIY pendant light is perfect for a kids bedroom or playroom with the colorful wood beads! See how easy it can be to make your own lighting with a step by step tutorial here.
Wooden Bead Tassel Napkin Rings
Learn how to make these modern, beaded napkin rings that will add the perfect touch to your farmhouse home.
Learn how to make a wood bead snowman ornament for your Christmas tree using simple craft supplies! Easy for both adults and kids.
Wood Beaded Vase
Katie made this beaded vase with wood bead garland, but you could also make your own garland and then create the vase — less expensive!
Easter Bunny Wreath
This modern Easter bunny can be hung in a room as a decoration or used as a wreath for your front door. The wood beads give it a Scandinavian design style.
Wood Bead Carrots
I bet the wreath above would love these wood bead carrots. Looking to entice the Easter bunny? This cute bait may work!
I love the look of these leather and wood bead towel rings. I also love how easy it is to dye the beads using Teri's method shown in this post!
Beaded Dipped Basket
Turn a plain basket into a colorful and fun basket! Sam shows you how to dip dye the basket, color the beads and bring it all together.
Scandinavian Style Trivet
Follow this tutorial to make two Scandi design trivets that can be used separately or together. It involves two easy macrame knots and, of course, wood beads!
Wood Bead Chandelier with Metal Shade
Here is another wood bead chandelier idea. This time colored beads were used and a pretty sheet of perforated aluminum was cut to make a shade.
Here is another wood bead mirror idea. A wreath form, rope and beads are used to make this beautiful boho mirror!
Modern Candlestick Holder
Looking for a minimalist candle holder? This modern DIY using a wood bead is perfect! You just need a clamp and a drill.
Instead of purchasing a rainbow abacus she found in a store, Ashley made her own! Great idea so you can match the colors to your room. This one goes with that painting perfectly.
Cord & Bead Coasters
These paracord and wood bead coasters are easy with the use of a hot glue gun! Keep the beads natural or paint them any color you like. You could also make wood trivets this way.
Wood Bead & Tassel Necklace
I love this bright and colorful statement necklace! Just paint wood beads, create embroidery floss tassels and put it all together.
Modern Fall Wreath
This modern wreath or wall hanging would look great in any room! It brings a bit of nature indoors.
Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards
I love these little turkeys, don't you? Such a cute idea for place cards, and easy to make with wood beads and feathers.
You can create this molecule model as modern decor, or you could make a whole molecular model kit as a gift!
Clutching Toy for Babies
This clutching toy is made with all natural materials and is very inexpensive to make. A much better option for infants than something you may find in a store!
Easy Tassel Charms
Amber shows us how to make this pretty key ring charm. A wood bead was added to give a little weight to the finished project.
Are you ready to start using up your wooden beads? Which craft will you try first? Let me know in the comments! Before you go, you should take a look at our other popular wood projects: