How to Make Paper Beads

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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.

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Things you need

  • Light weight paper
  • Clear nail polish or permanent enamel
  • Thin dowel or toothpick
  • Tupperware container
  • Newspaper
  • Paint or stamping ink--optional

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    Rolling Beads

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    Line your craft table with newspapers.

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    Fill tupperware with glue.

  3. 3

    Cut your paper into stripes. These can be rectangular or triangular strips and can be a variety of widths.

  4. 4

    Dip paper strips in tupperware with glue.

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    Tightly wrap paper strip around a thin dowel or toothpick.

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    Coat bead with clear nail polish or permanent enamel once the bead is fully wrapped.

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    Set aside to dry.


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    Use different papers to give you a whole new look and feel. Each bead can be unique and original with each kind of paper.

  2. 2

    Try magazine pages. Use text pages or colorful picture pages.

  3. 3

    Create your own color or pattern. Use markers or ink to create a masterpiece of patterns, colors and textures.

  4. 4

    Spice it up with origami paper or tissue paper. More unique paper will give your beads a new texture and innovation.

  5. 5

    Experiment with other unique creative paper ideas. The paper options are endless. Try finding your own original ideas to make paper bead making imaginative.


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    Decorating your beads for that finishing touch. You can leave your bead as is, or you can jazz it up with artistic style.

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    Paint with a small paintbrush. Try metallic paint to give your beads that extra shimmer.

  3. 3

    Antique your beads with UTEE, which is thick embossing powder and then heat for an aged finish.

  4. 4

    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.

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