I found a tutorial on paper beads and had to try it. I just have to say…beware. This craft is so addicting.
To make paper beads, here’s what you need:
- colorful paper – I used magazines
- cutting board and x-acto knife
- something to roll the bead on like a toothpick or shishkabob stick, knitting needle or wire
- wax paper
- string or jewelry cord
- optional – a small paint brush
Choose your paper and cut into tapered strips. Starting with the wider end start rolling onto your toothpick. Tip: do not roll too tightly or your bead won’t come off easily. When you are almost to the end of the strip apply glue to the last couple of inches and finish rolling. Spread the excess glue all over the bead with either your fingers or a small paint brush. Slide the bead off and dry on wax paper.
Once your beads are dry, string them up. I used clear stretchy jewelry cord to make these bracelets.
Continue rolling beads until you have to stop yourself because nothing else in your life is getting done.