Determine how many beads you'll need by just loosely stringing them onto the cord - don't cut it - and wrapping around your wrist. The first thing we need to do is flatten one side of the bead. My boyfriend did this for me (so I could get a good pic, but he ended up enjoying doing it so he did them all for me!) by holding the bead in pliers and rubbing it against the palm sander, to which we affixed 60-grit sandpaper. It only took about 10 seconds to get the desired effect. Repeat for the remaining beads.
Use a piece of 220-grit sandpaper to smooth out the new flat edge. This is important to do because there will be grooves in the wood from the rougher sandpaper which the paint will enhance.
I just emptied a squirt of paint into a small paper cup, and gently applied a nice even coat to the flat side of the bead. Do it slowly, starting in the middle and dragging the brush toward the edge - kind of like painting your nails, kinda.
I only did one coat to each bead and then let them dry for about an hour.
Cut a piece of beading cord about 22" long - the longer it is the easier it will be to tie your knot so go longer if you need to - and fold it in half. Insert the ends of your scissors through the loop end, and thread your beads onto the double string end. This way your beads won't slip off the end! Gently remove the scissors when you're done and tie the ends (loop end to double strings end) together in a triple knot. Snip the excess cord.
Can't wait to make one? Grab your guy and DIY it together! I'd love to see what you make, so ensure to tag me on Instagram (@smartnsnazzy) so I can check out your creation! What color will you make yours?