Introduction: DIY Paper Bead Bracelets (Great Birthday Party Craft!)

Learn how fun and easy it is to make Paper Beads for Colorful DIY Bracelets and Necklaces.

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  • Old Magazines or Construction Paper
  • Tacky Glue
  • Mod Podge or Acrylic Spray Sealer
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Matches
  • Yarn
  • Darning Needle

Step 1: Mark Your Magazine Pages

Next, you will mark your pages as follows (see template above):

All along one edge of your paper, make a mark at every inch. On the opposite edge, make the first mark at 1/2 inch and then every 1″ from then on (i.e. at 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, etc.)

This side marks the center of the bead which will measure half of the length of the whole bead. I made two different sizes of beads: 1″ long and 2″ long. So, for the 2 inch sized beads, mark one edge at 2″, 4″, 6″, etc. and the other edge at 3″, 5″, 7″, etc.

Using your scissors, go ahead and cut out all of the triangles.

Step 2: Rolling the Paper Beads

Squeeze out a glob of glue onto a scrap piece of paper or cardboard.

Now, lay one of the triangles on a table in front of you, pointed end up. Place a match across the bottom edge nearest you, opposite the point.

Holding the paper and the match together, slowly begin rolling the match and thereby wrapping the paper around it.

Add a bit of glue to the paper once or twice as you roll. When you get to the end, add more glue to the tip of the triangle to hold the bead together.

Repeat rolling up paper beads until you have enough for your project.

Step 3: Sealing the Beads

Once you have rolled up all of your beads, you can seal them either by painting them with Mod Podge or spraying them with an Acrylic Sealer.

Step 4: Making a Bracelet

Once the sealer has dried, take your beads and string them onto the cording or yarn. If you are using yarn, simply thread it on the darning needle and then add the beads. Tie a knot at the end or add a closure.

I hope you will give this fun craft a try! This is a great project for a kid's birthday party or teenager sleepover.


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