Introduction: Recycled Paper Jewelry

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Make beautiful jewelry with your old magazines! Save the planet and look amazing at the same time!

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Learn to make 3 different styles.

Step 2: You'll Need


DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

Americana Acrylic Paints

Chain necklace

Large wood beads

Jump rings

Embroidery floss

Cotton cord

White glue and Super Glue


Needle nose pliers

Step 3: For All 3 Styles

Cut the magazine pages into 3" wide strips

Roll them at an angle to create long tubes

Secure the end with white glue

Wrap them around the tip of a pair of needle nose pliers

*Add two or three tubes together to create larger disks

Step 4: For the Layered Disk Necklace

Paint the disks white and let them dry

Mix Triple Thick Gloss Glaze with a some Americana paint to create a faux glaze

Glaze the white disks

Add crazy glue to each end of a 36" piece of cotton cord

Fold the cord in half and then tie a knot about 12" from the looped end

Thread the ends of the cord through opposite sides of the 1st disk

Continue threading the ends through opposite sides on about 9 disks

Tie a knot at the edge of the final disk

Add a small disk at one and end tie a loop at the other for a closure

Step 5: For the Embroidery Floss Necklace

Make about 20 disks in different sizes

Paint them white and then glaze them with the tinted Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

Thread a 1 yard piece of embroider floss through the center to create spokes

Tie a knot when you're done and secure it with a dab of super glue

Attach disks with jump rings to the chain

Step 6: For the Large Medallion

Make a very large disk with about 10 paper tubes

Make one long bead by rolling a 3" long piece of paper into a tube

Paint everything black and let dry

Add the foil glue to the end of the tube bead and in a design on the medallion

Add the gold leafing with the foil tape when the glue is completely dry

Cut a 24" piece of black cotton cord

Tie a slip knot around the center of the straw

Thread both ends through the center of the disk

Tie a knot between the disk and the tube on both sides