Paper Bead Bobby Pin

Paper Bead Bobby Pin

Paper beads are easy and inexpensive to make. You can make it an eco friendly craft by using old magazines, catalogs and junk mail.

What you need

paper source – magazines, catalogs, junk mail
white glue
skewer or mini straw
paper sealant (varnish)
paint brush or sponge
Glossy Accents dimensional glue by Ranger
bobby pins


Place the finished bead on an ordinary bobby pin and you can add some fun and flair to your hair.

Step 1:
Prepare a work area and gather your supplies.

Paper Beads - Gather Supplies

Step 2:

Cut a 8″ x 2″ rectangular strip from a colorful designed piece of paper. The last 3/4″ of the strip is what you will see on your finished bead.

Step 3:

Roll paper strip onto a skewer to produce a tube bead. When you get 3/4″ from the end of your rolled strip, apply some white glue. Finish rolling and press the edge down firmly.

Step 4:

Apply a paper sealant to the bead. I brush on a coat of varnish. Let it dry.

Apply Sealant

Step 5:

Place curved bar of the bobby pin into the bead. Place the glued edge seam of the bead facing down so that it does not show. If the inside of your bead spirals out, tap it on a flat surface and it will slip back inside

Step 6:

Apply Glossy Accents to seal each end of the paper tube. This will hold the bobby pin in place and keep your paper bead from unfurling. Once the Glossy Accents dries clear and is no longer sticky, your bobby pin is ready to wear in your hair.

Apply Glossy Accents

I hope you will use these instructions and create your own paper bead hair pins. More photos are included on my blog:


  1. is there a video for this? i suck at following by reading, but find it much easier to follow by video. If not, can you please make a video?

  2. craft_girl says

    (I’m 13) and these would be great for a last minute birthday present along with the 5 Minute Tank Top Tote bag!!!

  3. Looks really cool!!!

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