These beads are fun to make with paint and glue!

Hi friends! Tonight I have slightly messy, totally fun bead making craft!


These beads and pendants are made with acrylic skins, I used acrylic paint and mod-podge (you could use PVA glue or gel medium if you wish) to make the fruit-roll-up like sheets of acrylic and then covered things with them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! I’ll show you how in today’s video!

1. Acrylic Paint
2. Glossy Mod Podge or PVA Glue
3. Aluminum foil Tape or regular stuff from the kitchen
4. Cardboard
5. Silicone mat or waxed paper
5. Jewelry findings of your choice.

1. Pour mod podge in cap, add a few drops of paint ad stir 3 times. Pour on waxed paper or silicone mat and spread it around. Let dry for 2 days. This is your faux stained glass acrylic skin.
2. Cut cardboard to the size and shape you want your charm to be and cover in aluminum foil.
3. Cut up the acrylic skin and glue to foil covered cardboard.
4. Cover the edges of the charm with thin strips of foil tape if desired.
5. For the beads cut up a drinking straw and cover with acrylic skin strips. Trim the straw.
6. Use beads and charms in jewelry projects.

If you like this project check out my glitter glue earring tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


16 Responses

  1. This is super cool!! I really like these and am thinking that you could even use the “skins” to cover pencils or notebooks also! Or, make rolled flowers or bows out of them and put them on hairbands.
    Now my mind is racing and am thinking of lots of ways to use these!! Thanks for sparking the flame in my brain!!! See you net post!


  2. Looks like a fun technique. I might give it a try. Thanks.🙂


  3. This is super cool…and looks like alot of fun to make…my GD would love making these….tfs


  4. You are totally amazing coming up with all this wonderful ideas that your share with us. Thank you so much. I see playtime in my future.


  5. I would like to try this. It is a real cool idea.


  6. Those are adorable. They look so real too. Thanks for the tips on how to make the skins.


  7. thumbs up!


  8. I love this idea! I’m thinking of pins and wrist cuffs……Mmmmm. Thanks for the tutorial!!!


  9. How would these hold up to humidity? I made some cards during a humid week and they still stick together even though I have let them sit out to “dry” several times.


    • I’d probably give them a coat of Minwax Polycrylic varnish because it dries hard with not tackiness and modpodge is known for remaining tacky in humid weather.


  10. I loved this video and cannot wait to try this technique.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!


  11. I haven’t had a chance to watch the video but it looks cool. If covered with the Minwax, what about making embellishments for cards? I love all your ideas for making do, making your own,etc. it has freed up crafting funds for things I can’t do like dies.


  12. WOW! This is a super cool project and I am definitely going to give this a try! Thanks so much for all the wonderful projects you share – so much fun!!!


  13. Sorry if it was already asked: can I use Matte Mod Podge too? Grazie from Italy🙂


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