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Friday, September 28, 2012

Ombre Bead Frame

Back in May I made a burlap and blue beaded frame for a contest entry.  Heather at Dollar Store Crafts saw it and asked if I'd do a tutorial for her site and of course I said yes! 

I made it again using a yellow/coral palette and leaving out the burlap border.  Then I followed all the same steps as before. 

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 are you loving right now?


  1. This is such a good idea. I love how simple it is to make. Pinning it for future use!

  2. This is absolutely adorable!!!!! I MUST try this!!!! I loved your burlap and blue one and you make them look so easy! TFS

  3. I LOOOOOVE this! So pretty and love the candy corn/fall-ish ombre look! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  4. I love every "log on your blog!" I am looking further back from here because I love everything you post! Thanks for sharing!