DIY Wooden Beaded Necklace and Jigsaw Puzzle Crafts

I'm pleased to bring you this post as part of a partnership with Krylon!

I've had so much success with Krylon paints over the years.  In fact, one of the most popular posts here on the blog is our Play Picnic Table Makeover; we enjoy both the coverage and color selection that Krylon offers, and the fact that it's available at the Walmart nearest me.

As a Krylon Blogger Ambassador, Krylon asked that I try out their new ColorMaster paints with new Covermax technology on the project of my choice.  I had been wanting to try out a spray paint on some natural wood beads and a jigsaw puzzle, but had put off doing the project for some time.  I didn't want to have to prime, and I was concerned that any paint I would use would soak into the wood too much.

I picked up two basic colors of the Krylon ColorMaster from my local Walmart: a red and a blue.  I then set up my spray space outside.  The first thing I noticed was that the spray paint nozzles had a little white thing sticking out of them.  This actually helped to control the paint and give good coverage, while allowing me to spray from all directions.

I painted the beads first:

By sticking toothpicks into the side of a cardboard box, I was able to stick the beads on the ends, giving me a chance to spray, turn the beads, then spray again.  You could do a more even application, but I wanted it to have a more "messy" look.  I like that the beads ended up with a textured appearance!

Here is the completed look!  You could easily choose any color combinations for your local sports team, a holiday, or birthstone effect.

Next, I tackled the puzzle; it was super easy.  I started with a plain 4 x 6 wooden puzzle and painted two layers of blue, then stenciled a layer of red.  I used tin foil wrapped over the places I didn't want to be painted red; this worked better than tape (which can actually peel off the paint layers.)

 Here is the finished product!  Note that it's dry to the touch after 10 minutes, but shouldn't be handled until an hour later.  My son loves this puzzle!  (And it helps him to learn his name.)

If you're looking for a hassle-free way to add color to your projects this season, be sure to look for the Krylon Colormaster with CoverMax technology at a Walmart location near you!

Wanna Win?  We are giving one lucky reader a fantastic giveaway of a $50 gift card and a Krylon Prize pack!  To be entered to win, just comment on this post with what you would use the Krylon ColorMaster to refinish in your life!  You have until June 25th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in.  One per person, please.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ages 18+.

*Krylon provided the prize for this promotion. As a Krylon blogger ambassador, I was compensated and given product to facilitate the project.  As a fan of Krylon, however, I have been using their products uncompensated for years!