Disney Princess Bead Necklace Tutorial

There haven't been nearly enough crafty posts for my taste around here lately.  Today I thought I'd share the necklaces I made this summer for our Alaska cruise to give to the girls in our Fish Extender group.  (Side note: We were part of a Fish Extender group on our Disney cruise - where folks sign up ahead of time and bring little gifts for others in the group and drop them off throughout the cruise - it's like Christmas Disney style.)

 

First off, I'm not a painter.  And this is pretty much all free-hand, but please don't let that scare you away!  This is an easy afternoon project that you can adapt to your little one's favorite princesses - or maybe even take a superhero theme & create your own designs like I did for Snow White, Anna, & Elsa.

My inspiration was via Pinterest from Crafting in the Rain - you can find that post here.   I took out Tiana (sorry, just not my favorite movie), and added Anna, Elsa, & Snow White.

Supplies:

Small paint brushes - various sizes

Paper plates

Acrylic Paint - I used stock I had on hand (colors depend on the beads you choose)

Kabob sticks

Ribbon

Wood Beads - any size you prefer

Fray Check

Scissors

Painters Tape

SNOW WHITE

Line the center with painters tape & paint with navy.  Once that dries, paint the other half yellow.  After the second color is dry, paint a red band around the center, right above where the blue & yellow meet.

CINDERELLA

Paint each bead completely white.  You may need two coats depending on your paint.  Use a small paint brush to free-hand the scalloped edge towards the middle (imagining the bottom of her dress).

RAPUNZEL

Paint each bead purple.  Use the thinnest of paint brushes to draw two lines off-center around the circumference of the bead.  Then paint in the X shapes to symbolize the ribbons on the top of her dress.

ELSA

Easiest of them all!  Paint your bead light blue.  Once that layer is completely dry, paint over the whole bead with glitter acrylic paint (looks murky white when you paint it on, but dries clear). If that doesn't say Frozen, I don't know what does!

ANNA

This one has been hard for people to guess, but it's probably my favorite because I love the "Norwegian-ness" of the flowers & stitching on her dresss.  Start by painting the bead black.  Again, you may need two coats.  Then use the back end of the paint brush to place dots equal distance apart around the center of the beads.  Then using a fine tipped brush, paint a swirl between each dot.  

BELLE

Paint the bead completely white (potentially 2 coats).  Using yellow paint, start painting a scallop pattern at the middle of the bead.  Then repeat this pattern once above and below the center line (total of 3 pattern lines).  The end result should somewhat mimic the scallop from the Cinderella bead.

POCAHONTAS

Line the center of the bead with paper tape & paint the dark brown half first.  Once dry, move the tape to the painted side & paint the other side with light brown.  Lastly, use the back of the brush to place teal dots along the center line.

Helpful hints:

  • If you are making multiple sets of beads, do all of each kind at once.  I put all of the beads for each princess on different kabob sticks to keep me organized & help with efficiency.
  • Tear very small pieces of painters tape to wrap around those beads where you need a straight edge.  (I recommend painting the darkest color first to help minimize issues with the colors bleeding).
  • I used the same pieces of tape over and over again - no need to waste!
  • Balance the sticks on the edges of the paper plate - it serves as a paint tray & drying rack!
  • Once the beads are done, string them on your favorite ribbon.  I dab FrayCheck on the ends to keep them from unraveling.  I tied mine with a simple bow, but you could get as fancy as you like!

I made 12 necklaces in just a few hours - not bad for an original one-of-a-kind gift! I had all of the supplies for this already except for the beads & a 50% off coupon at the craft store made this a super cheap project.

princess beads

I would love to see your versions if you try this out - these are perfect for all ages & would make a great stocking stuffer!  You'll see me & baby girl rocking ours at Disney World later this year!