If you have an interest in affordable and fun projects, this one is right up your alley. Paper beads are very inexpensive and make a unique end product. Paper beads can become beautiful jewelry with a little originality and imagination. Get creative with the endless options in paper bead making.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Light weight paper
- Clear nail polish or permanent enamel
- Thin dowel or toothpick
- Tupperware container
- Paint or stamping ink--optional
Line your craft table with newspapers.
Fill tupperware with glue.
Cut your paper into stripes. These can be rectangular or triangular strips and can be a variety of widths.
Dip paper strips in tupperware with glue.
Tightly wrap paper strip around a thin dowel or toothpick.
Coat bead with clear nail polish or permanent enamel once the bead is fully wrapped.
Set aside to dry.
Use different papers to give you a whole new look and feel. Each bead can be unique and original with each kind of paper.
Try magazine pages. Use text pages or colorful picture pages.
Create your own color or pattern. Use markers or ink to create a masterpiece of patterns, colors and textures.
Spice it up with origami paper or tissue paper. More unique paper will give your beads a new texture and innovation.
Experiment with other unique creative paper ideas. The paper options are endless. Try finding your own original ideas to make paper bead making imaginative.
Decorating your beads for that finishing touch. You can leave your bead as is, or you can jazz it up with artistic style.
Paint with a small paintbrush. Try metallic paint to give your beads that extra shimmer.
Antique your beads with UTEE, which is thick embossing powder and then heat for an aged finish.
Experiment with different finishes to create beads that look like metal, gems or pearls.
Tips and warnings
- For less mess, experiment with a glue stick or hot glue.
- Allow beads to dry approximately 24 hours.