A great Summer Craft Idea, is bringing out a bowl of painted wood beads, and stringing them together to make wood bead jewelry.

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Doktor Seuss

Making Wood bead jewelry and sipping my coffee

Slow down with beading

You can sit down by yourself, and have a quiet moment with your coffee. Most people consider colorful wood beads a craft material for children, but I love the look of them.

I have painted naked wood beads myself but prefer the glossy, finished one you can buy in big jars at the craft store (often kid’s section though).

Wood bead jewelry

I love the different sizes and bright colors of wood beads, and I’m a big fan of the price range (much cheaper than glass or metal beads). Sometimes I find a bag of them at the flea market in summer, when some kid has cleared out their own craft cupboard. Score for me. Yay!

Stringing beads together is a great way to slow down and be mindful for a moment. Listen to the birds outside, or a slow tune on Spotify.

Wood bead jewelry

Of course you can also invite the kids if you want to – and let them in on the fun. Use big beads, set out a tray so they don’t roll away and relax. Let them string the beads on elastic string, and tie a bead with a knot at the end so that the beads don’t roll away all over the floor. ;-)

Have fun crafting!

Wood bead jewelry

Feel free to share what you’re working on in the comments below, I’d love to know.

Another awesome idea for summer crafting outdoors or on the road is of course embroidery – another one of my favorites and the idea of perler beads I shared in the beginning of summer.