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Tutorial: Ombre Bead Frame

6 August 2012 20,888 views 18 Comments

by rhonda

Need a fun way to customize a frame to your favorite color scheme?  Steph from Crafting in the Rain is here with us today to share how to make this ombre bead picture frame - and it's easier than you might think!  Make sure you take a moment to drop by her blog to check out more of her projects and say hello!

Project estimate:

  • Frame, on hand or $1
  • Wood beads, $1 and up
  • Pipe cleaner, on hand
  • Paint, on hand or$1 and up
  • Hot glue, on hand

Total:  $1 and up

Lay beads out on frame to determine your pattern.  I was able to get 14 across and 16 down, so I split it into 4 groups of 4 rows each.
Thread beads onto pipe cleaner.  This makes them easier to hold and paint, though it's still not completely mess-free.  Starting with the darkest color, paint your predetermined number of rows.
Next, blend in some of your next color, or a little white, and paint the next section of rows.  Continue the same way, gradually changing the paint color until all sections of rows are painted.  You can control how subtle or dramatic the color difference is each time. Let dry and glue one at a time to the frame.
Once the glue is set you're ready to add a favorite photo for display.  What colors would you choose?

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  • heather said:

    This is such a fun project. I love how you mixed the paints to create the ombre effect! Thanks for your great guest post.

  • Niki said:

    So adorable!! The beads are such an excellent idea!!

  • Sara @ Mom Endeavors said:

    Fun! I think I would use blues–it would be perfect for our boys’ ocean themed bathroom!

  • Vivienne @ The V Spot said:

    I love ombre and I think the colors you chose are great!

  • carolina said:

    I love the texture that using painted beads brings to the project!

  • ColleenwithMurals&More said:

    Awesome tutorial for how to paint ombre. Love the frame!

  • thezenofmaking said:


  • kim-todays creative blog said:

    This is beautiful! I’m so glad there are patient crafters out there to do such wonderful projects. I would have given up after the first bead.

  • Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said:

    What a fun ideas! I’m in love with the easy way to do ombre!

  • Kim @ Sand & Sisal said:

    Neat idea! I love the texture of it all!

  • Mod Podge Amy said:

    VERY creative! I always try to think about interesting things to do with those wood beads – great idea.

  • Jennifer said:

    Super cute Steph! But you always do awesome crafty projects. I love the ombre painted beads!

  • Amanda said:

    How cute is this! Love the colors you chose too!

  • Heidi Ferguson said:

    Great job Steph! Love ombre.

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  • claire said:

    love the ombre and the texture!

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  • Cindy deRosier said:

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your frame! You can see it here:


    Thanks for a cute project idea!