Dollar Store Glass Beads Become a Beautiful Backsplash

3 Materials
2 Hours

Did you know you could create a beautiful back splash with glass beads from the Dollar Store? I created a beautiful back splash in our master bathroom as part of my $100 Master Bathroom Makeover Challenge.. I was at the end of my project, I had already updated the oak cabinetry by painting them white. Now it really needed something that would pop in my small bathroom and pull it all together.

Digging through my stash of stuff in the garage I had what I thought was a brilliant idea. I grabbed my dollar store glass beads and separated them by size.

I played with the pattern until I find one I liked like and that fit nicely into the space. I counted how many big and small were in that section and then calculated how many I needed of each size glass bead.

I started to use looking glass paint but that didn't give me enough punch so I decided to go for something more bold. I painted the backs of the glass beads in a color I loved. I used (aff) this one in Cobalt Blue Metallic.

After they dried I used a high heat glue gun because I wanted the extra time to adjust them if necessary. For the full tutorial and to see the finished project click over to my website at

Suggested materials:
  • Glass beads   (Dollar Store)
  • Spray Paint   (Hardware Store)
  • Glue Gun   (Craft Store)
Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
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  • Lyn Lyn on Oct 30, 2019
    I've thought about doing this on my countertops, but I'm not sure about what to do around the sink. Maybe frame it in something else? Possibly cover in plexiglass? I'm afraid of doing that because of heat & scratching. Any suggestions? Must be kid friendly.
  • Enza Enza on Dec 11, 2019

    Is the glue waterproof and what is the glue you used? In a bathroom we would be encountering moisture and I'm afraid they would just slide off the wall. Thanks.

  • JD JD on Feb 20, 2020

    Are these “beads” really glass or are they resin? Was thinking of putting them around my cooktop but unsure of the way they might interact with heat. I think they look beautiful, by the way.

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