Dyed Wood Necklace

Dyed Wood Necklace

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Rit Dye

Additional Information



  • Rit Dye® colors of choice
  • Unfinished wood beads
  • Twine or cotton string
  • Scissors
  • Glass bowl(s)
  • Metal spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Hot water
  • Paper towels
  • Protected work surface
  • Table cover/newspaper/butcher paper
  • Clear gloss spray paint (optional)


1. String wooden beads in desired pattern and length for a necklace.
2. Cover work surface with old newspaper or butcher paper to protect the table from any spills.
3. Prepare dye bath(s). For each color, pour 1/2 cup of Rit Dye into a medium size glass bowl and then fill with 3 cups of the hottest water from sink. Stir to mix the dye in the water. For a deeper color, add more dye to the dye bath.
4. Dip the necklace into the dye bath and leave for as little as 30 seconds for a light shade of color and up to 10 minutes for a really deep saturation of color.
5. If using more than one color, only dip the part of the beads into the dye bath.
6. Once the beads are the desired color, rinse in the sink with cool water until the rinse water runs clear. Pat dry with the paper towels and hang to air-dry completely.
7. For a shiny finish, spray with a clear gloss.