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.
And some yellow acrylic paint.
I carefully wrapped some painters tape around the middle of 9 beads.
I used the tape to make them stand up on my work surface and painted the exposed bead yellow. It took a couple coats.
I let them dry, took off the tape… And surprise! Paint-dipped beads. What… you aren’t surprised?
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.
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.
One big, fat knot later, and I had a bracelet.
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!
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.
I hope I have inspired you to give paint-dipping a try!
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