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Recycle magazines to make an interesting, colorful necklace. Great for presents, or for an activity. If you have patient kids, they can do it too!

Glue (Glue stick will make it cleaner and easier)
Thread (I used some from an emergency seeing kit)
"Spacer Beads" (To keep with recycling theme use an old bracelet or something)
Time! (Getting the hang of rolling paper into a bead is quite a learning curve
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Step 1: Choose your magazines

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Whatever magazines you have lying around will work, Try to overlook the ones with too much news print writing; you're going for colorful and whimsical, not black and white. I like to use fashion magazines because that's what I have, and the adds provide a lot of interesting color.

If you want to be organized about it, split up the chosen pages by color. I did this, then decided to use one color family/

Step 2: Cut Magazine Pages

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To make the strips needed to construct the beads, make long ,thin triangles, approximately 3cm at the widest. They can very slightly; first because it gives the bead more interest, and second because otherwise you will be stressing out about making them all identical. Lets be honest, you aren't doing this professionally, crafts are about fun and relaxation.

Step 3: Roll the Bead

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Beginning at the wide side of the triangle, roll the paper into a tight cylinder. To ensure that the bead stays intact, glue as you roll, covering the strip with glue. I used a glue stick for this.

Some tutorials say to roll it around something, however I found it easier to hold the bead in my fingers as I wrapped it. 

Step 4: Finish the Bead

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When you get towards the end of the bead, leave a strip, about an inch or so long. Use extra glue on this section to ensure that the bead will stay together.

If you are worried about it coming undone, or the very end of the strip coming up, use the glue stick to entirely cover it with glue.
jennybotha2 years ago
Thanks a lot for this. I have made some paper beads, but put them away in a bottle. Glad for the idea of threading them with other beads in between. Will also make mine long so won't need a clasp.Fancy the idea of making several strands as well.
Very cute and great reuse of magazines!