May 20

Paint Dipped Thank You Gift


Remember last week when I guest posted over at 32turns.com? Just in case you missed it, here is the tutorial for the paint dipped thank you gift I shared with Britany’s readers.

Pinterest. How many crafty tutorials start with, “I saw this pin and…”? Well, this is one of them. I saw this necklace pinned from A Girl Who Makes. I just love the paint-dipped wood beads. They seemed straight forward enough to make, so I picked up some wood beads and gave paint dipping a try. 

Now, here is the thing about paint dipped crafts. Nobody actually dips stuff in paint like you would dip a strawberry in chocolate. Instead, they use painter’s tape to create a “paint dipped” look. Go figure. Well, I didn’t actually dip anything in paint either, but I am still going to use the term, “paint dipped”. Okay?

I started out with large wooden beads.

wood beads for paint dipping

And some yellow acrylic paint.

yellow paint

I carefully wrapped some painters tape around the middle of 9 beads.

taped wood bead

I used the tape to make them stand up on my work surface and painted the exposed bead yellow. It took a couple coats.

yellow taped beads

I let them dry, took off the tape… And surprise! Paint-dipped beads. What… you aren’t surprised?

yellow paint dipped beads

My beads looked lovely, but not quite like jewelry. So I thought I would give them some shine with a high-gloss finish. In order to paint all sides of them I suspended them on some wooden skewers stuck into paper cups.

paint dipped high gloss

Two coats of the glossy stuff and I had shiny paint-dipped beads begging to be made into some jewelry. I decided I wanted to make a bracelet out of them, so I got to stringing on stretchy string.

paint dipped beading

One big, fat knot later, and I had a bracelet.

paint dipped bracelet paint dipped arm

Wouldn’t that bracelet make the perfect little gift for that woman in your life? You know the one. She may be your mom (wait, did you forget Mother’s Day?), your sister, your friend, or a teacher. Whoever she is, you owe her a little something to say “thank you”, don’t you?

While I was thinking about giving my paint-dipped wood-bead bracelet to a wonderful lady in my life, I realized I couldn’t just giver her a loose bracelet. It needed some pretty packaging. Actually, gift-wrapping is one of my favorite parts of gift giving – I just love making things a little more special!

I decided that this bracelet would fit perfectly into a pillow box. So I made one out of an up-cycled cereal box. I had never actually made my own pillow box before, so I did a little research. I found an easy tutorial at Lines Across, and got to work. I used a salad plate instead of a CD to draw my curves because I needed a little bigger box… and I dipped it in paint. Okay, no I didn’t. But I did get an amazing paint dipped look!

paint dipped pillow box

Wait, you don’t know how to embroider? Check out my tutorial. Too intimidating? No problem. There are approximately 85 zillion ways you could embellish your paint-dipped pillow box. You could add stenciled or vinyl letters, decoupage, washi tape, ribbon, etc. Or you could just let it be, with all its paint-dipped splendor.

Now, that is a thank-you gift I will be proud to give.

paint dipped set

paint dipped thank you

I hope I have inspired you to give paint-dipping a try!


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  1. Tara

    Love the bracelet!!! Way cute! I’m totally going to make some! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Tara! Have fun making them, I sure did. Let me know how they come out.

  2. Kegga

    Great bracelet & pillow box! I would have made the assumption that paint dipped meant dipped like a chocolate covered strawberry too, so thanks for the clarification ๐Ÿ™‚ These came out looking so fantastic!!! I can see them in a little boutique clothing store in all different bold colors.

    1. Laura

      Kegs, you start the store, I’ll make the bracelets and we’ll eat chocolate covered strawberries, deal?

  3. Lisa {grey luster girl}

    What a difference adding the high gloss finish makes! Great idea and they turned out very stylish!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Lisa! I agree, the shine made all the difference. I actually really like bare wood under the high gloss finish.

  4. Clare

    Such a pretty bracelet and I love the matching box! I hope the recipient likes it! Great photographs too, I really must learn how to make my blog photos a bit more arty!

    1. Laura

      Clare, you really know how to make a girl’s day. Photography is not my strongpoint – I am really still learning, and the curve is steep. So, thanks for your encouragement!!!

  5. Zina

    wow! amazing tutorial! I love the color and the idea of course!

    thank you for sharing it.

    Zina (efzin-creations.blogspot.com)

    1. Laura

      Thanks Zina! I had a lot of fun with this bracelet. So much in fact that I am going to have to play around more with shiny painted wooden beads!

  6. domestic bliss squared

    I love those beads! I am going to try that for sure, a necklace is in my future!

    1. Laura

      Thanks so much. I hope you LOVE your new necklace! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Rachel (Lines Across)

    I clicked over from Monday Funday because I was drawn to your beautiful bracelet and box. I was thrilled to see you had used my pillow box tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE the yellow paint and embroidered thank you. Plus, I love that you made it from a cereal box! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Laura

      Thanks Rachel! Your tutorial (and the boxes you made with it) was perfect! The cereal box was definitely an upcycle by necessity, but I generally love the look of raw craft paper or cardboard, which conveniently lives inside *most* cereal boxes. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    I absolutely love the paint-dipped look…and I am just swooning over the combination of the bracelet and the box…in fact, I’m not even sure which one I like better! What a great upcycle for cereal boxes (we go through cereal like it’s our job…will have to start saving them now!).

    1. Laura

      Thanks Lauren. Confession… I actually took a half-full bag of cereal out of that box so that I could cut it up. So, yeah, I should save them too.

  9. emily

    what a fun gift set! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog… maybe you can offer some advice?

  10. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers

    This is too adorable and I love that you made the matching box out of a cereal box ๐Ÿ™‚ I pinned and shared on FB. Love it!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much Taryn! Since making that pillow box, I have started saving all sorts of food boxes… I think it is starting to become a fire hazard. Have a great weekend!

  11. amy @ one artsy mama

    Laura, I love this!!! I want! Lol. Thanks for linking up at Shine on Fridays! The paint {not really}dipping is such a fab effect, and I love the pop of yellow!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Amy! I had a lot of fun fake paint dipping! Thanks for hosting a great party.

  12. Susan @ Oh My! Creative

    Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week on my blog!


    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page…follow this link to submit your project!

    Be sure to stop by and grab a button…

  13. Debbie

    Hi Laura, I found you over at C.R.A.F.T. This is so adorable and creative, I love it! I’m Pinning it for future use. So glad you shared. Great job!


    1. Laura

      Thanks Debbie! I am glad you liked my adventure in paint dipping! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for pinning!

  14. Hani Shabbir

    So cool. I love the color and embroidered thanks.

    1. Laura

      Thanks Hani! The bright yellow is just so happy, and looks great with the natural browns. Thanks for stopping by!

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