Create these beautiful glossy beads from paper. Yes, that's right . . . paper.

They look like expensive glass Pandora beads but they are actually made of paper.

Making paper beads is fun and a great way to recycle junk mail, newspapers or magazines. Or, you can use pre-designed paper or design your own using white paper and markers.

Step 1: Materials Needed


Paper Cutter

Rotary Cuter

Aleene's Fast Drying Tacky Glue Glue Pen; any white glue will do but I like using glue pens because they are easy to use

Bead Roller - I prefer using an 'F' size crochet hook because when done the center bead hole is the correct size for a 4mm eyelet, but you can use any cylinder object like straws or metal/wooden dowel rods

4mm Eyelets

Embossing Powder

Embossing Ink Pad

Embossing Heat Tool OR a cheap hair dryer on low setting

Tooth picks

this made my day! especially the embossing powder, which I've never heard of before... been looking for this type of glazing for enamel /cloisonné (sp?) effect, & the liquid resin options are never right.. if it sets with just low heat on a hair drier, how does this finish stand up to, say, sitting on a car dashboard in hot sun?
<p>Hi Joknrok, This material is pretty durable but I have never put it in a hot environment. I'm guessing it would hold up. Let me know if you try it. </p>
<p>May I ask where you got the paper for this project. I can't find paper with this pattern. Thank you. Very beautiful. wc</p>
<p>I got the paper at a local craft store, Hobby Lobby. The stock all kinds of paper. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, check it out </p>
<p>thanks WC :) </p>
This is amazingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing. What do you use as the string?
<p>I got the string from a local craft store, Hobby Lobby In the jewelry making section. It's a black stretchy material used for bracelets and necklaces </p>
<p>Those are gorgeous!!! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your talent.....</p>
<p>Thanks you and they are fun to make. :)</p>
<p>Very nice!</p>
<p>Nice trick with the embossing powder!</p>
<p>:) Thanks, It works great</p>

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