Pinterest is the greatest and the worst thing to ever happen to me. Ok, I exaggerate, but my life really did change when Pinterest came on the scene. I started using it pretty early on because I was looking for a way to organize all the recipes I was finding online and I quickly became hooked! 10,500 followers later, I am still a pinning wizard! I don’t pin a ton of items because I am very choosy about what gets onto my boards, so you know if I pinned something I love it!
With that said, I have come to the realization that Pinterest can also be a huge time suck! I seem to be spending most of my time looking at projects other people created and not actually doing any of the things that inspire me! So starting today, the first day of May, I am going to stop Pinning and start doing! I have the whole month scheduled with crafting, cooking, fashion, and entertaining inspired by Pinterest.
I really liked the idea of using wooden beads to create something that looked both modern and a bit retro at the same time. Plus I just wanted a cool thing to give to my mother that reminded her of the grand kids but wasn’t ugly. Mission accomplished.
Here is how I went about it:
First of all I went to my local craft store and picked up some wooden balls, a necklace chain, and some gold paint. At home I already had white, blue, green, and brown paint, a brush, and wooden skewers to hold the wooden beads as I painted them and let them dry.
Next I painted the beads white. At first I thought of keeping the natural wood color, but I quickly realized that the gold paint I purchased was too similar in tone to the wood and I wanted more of contrast. So painting the beads white was an easy solution.
Then it was time to paint the “hair”. I used Willowday’s suggestions, plus added a few details of my own to better reflect my children’s hair. I used gold because I wanted to elevate the necklace and glam it up a bit, but the paint was thinner than I would have liked and it took like five coats to get the depth of color I wanted. So for the tutorial above I used yellow.
My favorite part was painting the eyes. My three kids have three different colored eyes, which is why I thought this would be a cool necklace. If you know my children then you can immediately tell which bead represents which kid just because of the eye colors. I used a tiny brush and set the dots fairly far apart, which gives it a more retro look.
Once the beads were dry I strung them on a chain, added a clasp, and voila! A handmade Mother’s Day necklace that looks adorable!
I hope you join me in my monthly experiment to start actually doing the things I like on Pinterest instead of just pinning. If you end up doing a Pinterest inspired project, take a picture of it and post it to Instagram with the tag #StopPinningStartDoing so I can see it. I think it will be fun to see all the things we can accomplish for the month of May!