Pick up a bunch of timber beads in your favourite shapes, then let loose! If you want to go bold with multiple shades, give each colour its due drying time before painting next to it with your second (or third) shade. String onto beading elastic or string, or thin leather lacing.
Gather your supplies
5 x 40mm timber beads
1 x 10mm timber bead
5 x acrylic paint, various colours
Matte or gloss lacquer
1m leather lacing or similar (must fit through beads)
You’ll also need
Flat paintbrush; wooden skewers; plastic cups (2); jar; adhesive tape
Thread one 40mm bead on skewer. Rest on upturned cups and paint bead with acrylic paint. Stand skewer in jar and leave to dry. Repeat with rest of beads, using other colours.
Seal painted beads with lacquer and leave to dry.
Thread 1 end of lacing through the 40mm beads. Fasten both ends with tape, then thread 10mm bead (this holds lacing in place at desired length). Knot ends together and remove tape.