Paper Bead Making

If you’re looking for something to do with your kids this week during Spring Break, I recommend trying your hand at paper bead making. We had a lot of fun this weekend making our beads from old magazines. They’re simple to make and use things that you probably already have in your home.

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Glossy Paper Beads from Paper Crafts by Gini Holland

You will need:
pages from a magazine
a ruler
a pen or pencil
scissors
a glue stick
a thin knitting needle, wooden skewer or toothpick

Step 1:
To make each bead, draw an isosceles triangle on a magazine page using a ruler and pencil or pen. The base of the triangle can range in size depending on wide you want your bead to be. Repeat this step for the number of beads you want to make.

Step 2:
Cut out the triangles.

Step 3:
Decide which side of the paper you want to show when you make your beads and place it face down. Curl the triangle base tightly one or two times around the stick.

Step 4:
Spread plenty glue on the triangle. Keep winding and make sure the triangle’s tip sticks securely to the rest of the bead.

Step 5:
Slide the bead off the stick.

Step 5. When you have made as many beads as you like, use a needle to thread them onto string, thread, or elastic to make necklaces or bracelets.

 

Once you’ve mastered paper bead making try making the beaded cuff found in Cool Crafts with Cardboard and Wrapping Paper by Jen Jones.

 

 

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