Introduction: How to Make a Paper Bead Necklace

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Do you have a bunch of old magazines around? Need some new jewelry? Well, you've come to the right place. Thread Heads got a nice tip this week with a great project to make a necklace out of old magazines or newspapers. We're always looking for creative new projects like this one. So if you have an idea, send it in! And don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!

Step 1: Tear Out a Colorful Page of a Magazine

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Step 2: Cut Out a Long Triangle

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Step 3: Flip the Triangle Over

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Step 4: Put Glue on About an Inch of the Smaller End

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Step 5: Roll the Triangle Up

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Step 6: Repeat

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Step 7: Cut Your String

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Step 8: Knot a Clasp to the String

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Step 9: Thread Beads

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Step 10: Clasp Together

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andrei.florea made it! (author)2015-02-27

or buy a nice one

Mzuribeads (author)2009-07-29

Great blog!

Mzuribeads is an ethical business who have been individually hand rolling recycled paper beads and jewelry in Uganda since 2006. I would like everyone interested in our fair trade bead art to find out how we make our recycled paper beads by visit our website.

We are also on the look out for new representatives , please get in touch if you would like to help promote and develop Uganda through our fair trade business.


Yes.. my mom ordered me a beautiful bracelet from Mzuribeads for Christmas for me two years ago, and I still wear it so I suggest it for everyone who loves colorful and beautiful jewelry!

vweibel (author)2008-07-07

can I print instructions without using all my ink for the big pictures? I need written instructions for the paper bead necklace from magazines to give to a 88 year old lady who is looking for it.

Aliora9of9 (author)vweibel2009-07-08

... type them out on note pad and print them in B & W?

smartone (author)2009-06-11

For even more ideas for paper beads, try 'Creative Beads from Paper and Fabric" by Ann Krier

Wanda5156 (author)2008-08-25

and I think it is supposed to be waterproof.

Wanda5156 (author)2008-08-25

I have been told to use Future floor polish instead of fingernail polish. It is not supposed to turn yellow or brittle. I have not tried it because I can't find it in my town but plan to soon. It is also good to coat regular beads that need a little shine.

ChatOmbre (author)2008-05-29

Does anyone know if the paper glaze (mentioned in the video) will make it so that they'll be fine even if it rains?
Or if you make these and use a different kind of glaze-type-thing to protect them, what do you use, and how well do they tend to hold up?

Thank you! :)

chirpilittle (author)ChatOmbre2008-07-26

I couldn't find any paper glaze... I tried nail polish (or rather nail strengthener) and it gave them that glazed look and made them harder like real beads :) Also, it made them waterproof, so rain or sweat isn't going to destroy them. I think it worked very well. (I used a magazine, I don't know if it works with newspapers) But I think it's a useful alternative

laurita501 (author)2007-12-22

aww i remember making these necklaces when i was a kid

ArtisticBabe (author)2007-10-07

I remember doing these in summer camp, but with really decorative origami paper. Ah, memories. :)

Very Keri (author)2007-08-16

I'm making earrings to match!

zecapataintuna (author)2007-08-07

that's a pretty cool idea
maybe i'll try this out sometime =)

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