Unfinished wooden bangles are the perfect jewelry craft project for experienced or new crafters. The design and creativity possibilities are endless. You can use one color or a multitude of colors to truly embellish and accent the wooden bangle. People also paint polka-dots, hieroglyphics, trees or even flower designs on their wood bangles.
And, after the paint dries the bangle can be covered with glitter, stickers, fabric, or even cloth flowers.
Some people buy wooden bangles to decorate and resell while others create and add the bangles to their wardrobe. It is also a wonderful craft project to bond with others. One of the greatest pluses is the fact that it is very inexpensive and easy.
• Unfinished wood bangles
• Acrylic Paint
• Modge Podge or Polyurethane
• Two Paint brushes
• Water basin
• Wax paper
• Paint Palette or Plastic Plate
Most of the materials can be bought at any craft store or online.
Step 1: Prepare Your Working Space
Place a sheet of the wax paper under your working area to prevent creating a mess. Put water in a water bottle to hold the paint brush. Organize the wax paper you are going to use. Wood bangles are small so you will probably only need one sheet of paper to lie across your work station.
Step 2: Pick your acrylic paint color
Although there are other paints that can be used acrylic paint works perfectly on unfinished wood. It goes on smoothly and is not to runny. You can find acrylic paint at any craft store or online. If you do not have a color palette you may want to use a plastic plate or simply pour the paint onto the wax paper. And, dab the paint on your brush.
Step 3: Pick your unfinished wood bangle
Wood bangles come in an assortment of different sizes and styles. Are you interested in a dome bangle? Pentagon? Geometric? Or, a chunky bangle? Domes seem to be the most popular. And, if you are creating a custom wood bangle for a client be sure and ask what style they prefer.
Step 4: Painting the Bangle
Grab your brush. Dip the brush in the paint on the platform of your choice. Stroke the paint in the same direction to prevent the paint from bubbling up. Once you have covered the entire bangle let it dry for about thirty minutes. Then, begin to paint the inside of the bangle. Let the inside dry for another thirty minutes.
Repeat step four one more time because you are going to want to add two coats of paint for a rich look.
Step 5: Seal the Bangle
There are many sealants to choose from. I personally like modge podge because it is non-toxic and goes on smooth. And, modge podge can be applied with a paint brush. Tung oil is my second favorite. Other sealants to choose from are: polyurethane, mineral oil and linseed oil to name a few.
T.C. Hill is the Creative Director of Banglewood Crafts an online craft store, blog and how-to-information source. They sell unfinished wooden bangles and wood bangles for decoration resell.