Happy dance! I just had a few days off and set up a room for our crafting crusade! It was a lot of work but worth it. We have a ton of newspapers and magazines that built up over the past few months, so I have some cool paper crafts I want to try. I always try to recycle things into my crafts if possible because it saves me money and just adds to the novelty people appreciate about homemade gifts.
- Paper, toothpicks
- pencil, ruler
- pens or markers
- Mod Podge, paint brush
- scissors, or exacto knife
You can use all different kinds of paper for these. We used printing paper and red construction paper for ours. If you want your beads uniform in size then you will need a ruler. We measured ours at a half-inch and cut to a point to make oval beads. If you want specific colors you can experiment with markers and color the edges, or find colors you like in magazine pages.
Roll the paper tightly around the toothpicks. Keep the point centered as your rolling and add a dab of glue on the end point to hold the bead together. Just smear any excess glue around the bead. We use a piece of foam to hold the toothpicks while the paper beads dry, it works great!
With a paint brush coat the entire bead with Mod Podge and let dry again. this will turn the bead hard and give it a glossy finish. You can add additional coats to make them more durable. These beads can make really nice bracelets and necklaces with just a few spacers and some stretchy string.
For more information on this subject I found a great video called How To Make Paper Beads on Youtube.