Dough Bead Jewelry

Create giant salt dough beads and turn them into fabulous, bracelets, necklaces or anklets.
Dough Bead Jewelry craft


  • Salt dough (flour, salt, water)
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Strings
  • Drinking straws
  • Plastic beads (optional)
  • Paper clips or pipe cleaner (optional)
  • Clear acyrlic sealer (optional)

Safety Tips

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Step 1 Dough Bead Jewelry Ask for an adult's help.1. Prepare uncolored salt dough.
Step 2 Dough Bead Jewelry 2. Shape the dough into round, cube, star, heart or other shapes. You can also make abstract or random shapes.
Step 3 Dough Bead Jewelry 3. Use the tip of a paint brush or pencil to make a hole through the center of each shape.
Step 4 Dough Bead Jewelry 4. If you want to turn the bead into a pendant, make a link by inserting a paper clip or a pipe cleaner inside the dough bead.
Step 5 Dough Bead Jewelry 5. Let the dough beads dry overnight.
Step 6 Dough Bead Jewelry 6. Once the beads are dry, paint them as you please. You can use solid colors or you can make stripes, dots or abstract patterns.
Step 7 Dough Bead Jewelry Ask for an adult's help.7. Let the paint dry thoroughly. If you want the beads to last longer, you can apply 1 or 2 coats of clear acrylic sealer or clear wood varnish.
Step 8 Dough Bead Jewelry 8. Cut strings long enough to make your desired jewelry. Make a knot on one end of the string.
Step 9 Dough Bead Jewelry 9. String the painted dough beads with drinking straw pieces and plastic beads.
Step 10 Dough Bead Jewelry 10. If you're using an elastic string like this one, you can tie the ends together before wearing the jewelry.
Step 11 Dough Bead Jewelry 11. Wear your dough bead jewelry.
Step 12 Dough Bead Jewelry 12. Try experimenting with different styles of jewelry. Remember the pendant we made in Step 4? Use it to make a really pretty necklace.

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