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Looking for a fast, inexpensive recycled project that you will love wearing or giving as a gift?

Turn junk mail,magazines, brochures, last year's calendars, and gift wrapping paper into cool beads that may be used for bracelets or necklaces.

Before taking that stack of old magazines to the recycle bin, tear out a few pages with your favorite colors...with a few quick cuts, one magazine page yields enough beads for 3 bracelets! You can wear your finished product in about 1 hour!

Everyone asks me about the cool painted, wooden beads in my bracelets...yes, those are the PAPER BEADS made from RECYCLED Pages from MAGAZINES AND BROCHURES!

Try making some recycled paper beads today...I think you will be amazed!


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For one recycled paper, glass and silver bead bracelet (similar to the two pictured below), you will need:

-1 page from an old magazine, junk mail, calendar, brochure or a piece of gift wrapping paper- suggest choosing a colors you enjoy and one with a glossy finish. Don't worry about words on the page!

-A paper cutter with marked measurements or an utility/ exacto knife and ruler

-A glue stick

-Wooden toothpicks

-Clear nail polish and a small piece of styrofoam (optional, see Step 4)

-Elastic beading cord (about 9-10")

-Leftover silver and glass beads

-Cuticle scissors
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clara.swan4 months ago

there's a tool got this. Can you tell me where to get one?

Can you give more details on how you tied the elastic?
CAScreate1 year ago
Can i make it with just regular paper?
cwat511 year ago
How long will the nail polish last on paper beads. Most times the polish wears off.
A_lil_birdy2 years ago
Great idea, I forgot to take off my bracelet after washing up the dishes and now the beads are a little worn out but I can renew them! I'll post a picture of mine soon..It's great for sleepovers..I'm not eighteen really...I don't wish I was either.
ladolph3 years ago
Hey, I actually found this on StumbleUpon last night and since then have gone bead crazy! I am an avid crocheter/knitter/etc, but don't generally do these kinds of crafts. I have been dying to try something with beading and am also obsessed with re purposing so your project was the perfect thing!

Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful pictures and instructions - you made it a breeze, and I can't believe how easy it was! Thanks again! :)
Anita Green3 years ago
How does one make a round shape bead from paper?

realmassage3 years ago
I have a question.

Initially, I found this tutorial under the 'Green Jewelry' heading. To make this a truly green project, what sort of adherent (glue) can be used? Also, what sort of 'green' sealant?

It's a great idea, and I truly love it, but would like to know how to make it actually 'Eco-friendly'.

Thank you.
This is nice!!! It's so fun to make the beads, and the resulting colors are amazing! Here's a pic of a bracelet I made with the beads.
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Love It!
Wow, your's look really good. I'd never thought of making beads going horizontally. At least I didn't think it would look nice. The glaze you used seems good. Did you use any and what kind?
How did you put this beautiful bracelet together? Do you use elastic?
See Step 5 in the directions above...you can see a picture of the elastic cord I used. It's sold in the beading section of craft stores and maybe even Wal-Mart or JoAnns. I've used it with success on many jewelry projects. Good luck.
Thanks so much for your quick reply. I'm on my way to Michael's today and will buy a roll of elastic. Your bracelets are beautiful. Have any good ideas for necklaces with paper beads or earrings?
How dod you get the long beads so perfectly shaped? Mine all fall apart and look horrible.
Fabulous! Love your bracelet design...thanks for including the picture!
zani873 years ago

First, thanks for this instructable, because it made me remember that I already tried this techniqe when I was a child :) So I decided to make again some nice colourful beads, and here's the result:
Wow! Looks GREAT!
rpackham3 years ago
Hi, I abosolutely love this craft! We did it forever ago in 4th grade, I think. We used cornstarch, but I've found this to be soo much easier! Thanks a ton!!(:
platinum155 years ago
 LOVE THIS!!!! dyu think that it would b 2 hard 2 teach k-5 grdrs how 2 make this??? im volunteering @ a summer camp and i hav 2 teach them how 2 make stuff >.<
I taught my 6 yr. Grandson in less than 5 mins. And he loving it!
Hi- I think it may get frustrating unless you have lots of older helpers-  probably better for middle school age groups. 
Have you considered dyeing dry pasta with food coloring and rubbing alcohol?  The alcohol evaporates....the younger kids would enjoy sorting pasta shapes/ colors and making necklaces using yarn....try googling it to get the right food coloring/ alcohol ratio.  Used to make this frequently when my girls were in preschool/ elem. school...they loved it!
 oh cool!!!! thnx!!!!
rhigbee3 years ago
Different instructions say not to use watercolor markers. I love using them. I makes the beads look marble like. I just started making beads a month ago and I am having the best time!

tammydey3 years ago
These are fantastic! I shared your tutorial at aimeeasher.com
Can't wait to try some!
Many thanks :)
bsmith-583 years ago
love making the beads but would like to make some short fat one to go between the long ones. could u please help. I've several pair of earrings for relatives.
Glad the project has worked out for you. In terms of ideas- maybe you could use a narrow strip of paper that is longer---think that should give you a "fatter" bead.

If you have any old beaded earrings or leftover beads from other projects, you could use one glass/metal bead and one paper bead. That's what I did in the pictured bracelets. Good luck with your project!
Thanks for your respond. I will give this a try.
Mauigerbil4 years ago
htonks4 years ago
I have mastered the subtle art of this craft- and kind of defeated the 'recycled' part xD

I went to craft store and bought scrapbook paper- beatiful colors and designs of my choosing :D i still use magazine, but this paper is sturdier and rips and crumples less
Mzuribeads5 years ago
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JONIEK5 years ago
can you send a picture of them to THEBEADROLLSON page on Facebook?
I did measure mine pretty carefully...also, in the picture, you are seeing the best of the ones I made.  The first ones were not rolled as uniformly... practice does make a difference- at least for me!
Here is a video about it www.thebeadrollson.com! Love it!
If you want to join the facebook page TheBEADROLLSON, i can answer question and exhibit your work!

rudegirl4 years ago
love the idea tried it and it works great also regular uhu glue works just fine
Fanny Fink4 years ago
thank you. they look nice.
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