What you needPaper scraps (at least four inches long and one inch wide) - Junk mail, magazine pages, wallpaper scraps, scrapbook paper scraps, and gift wrap work well. Thin paper is preferred over thick paper, because it is easier to roll.
Cardboard (at least four inches long and one inch wide) to use as a template
Quick-dry craft glue
Thin dowel or other cylindrical object (the pen refill inside most ball point pens works great)
String or thread to use for stringing the beads (elastic thread works well for bracelets)
Jewelry hardware if desired (such as for earrings)
Creating paper beads that you can then make into beautiful jewelry can be a fun and useful way of utilizing junk mail, leftover pieces of scrapbook paper, and other paper scraps. This craft is a great way to recycle, and depending on the variety of paper chosen, can be basically free. You can use these beads either alone or combined with other beads to create fun and beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, key chains, and other decorative jewelry pieces.
Step 1: Using a straight edge and a pencil, draw a triangle shape on the cardboard which is one inch wide at the base and four inches wide from the tip to the base. Cut out with scissors. This is your template that you will use to trace onto paper to create the beads.
Step 2: Trace triangle shapes onto paper. Drawing on the back of the paper will insure that the pencil marks do not show on the completed beads. Then, use scissors to cut out the paper triangles.
Step 3: Lay one paper triangle onto the table surface, with the wrong side up. Place the small dowel or ballpoint pen refill insert at the base of the triangle. Then, using the tips of your fingers, roll the triangle up tightly around the dowel, working your way towards the tip. The tighter you roll, the more solid the finished bead will be. When you get to the tip, add a dot of glue and stick the tip to the outside of the bead to finish it off. You will now have a completed bead, still on the dowel.
Step 4: Slide the bead off of the end of the dowel, and place on the table to dry. Make as many beads as you want.
Step 5: You can make different sized beads simply by changing the overall size of the triangle. If you make the bead smaller at the base, it won’t be as wide. You can make a variety of bead sizes to add extra interest to your jewelry pieces.
Step 6: Once all the beads are created, mix together three parts of water to one part clear-drying white glue in a disposable paper cup. Then using a small paintbrush, coat the outside of the bead to add a bit of shine and extra durability. Clear fingernail polish can also be used for this step. Don’t let the beads stick together or stick to the work table while drying. You can string the beads on a cord to dry if desired.
Step 7: When the beads are completely dry, string onto cord, string or thread to create necklaces. Stretchy bracelets can be made by using elastic string, and earrings can be made by using standard earring hardware.
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