How To Make Paper Beads

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It’s been a while since I posted some crafty things on here. Ever since I got my first batch of paper beads from Paper to Pearls, I have been fascinated by them; they look so gorgeous that you wouldn’t think they are made of paper. The batch I got have a nice selection of beads from which I’ve made a lot of nice jewellery, earrings being my favourite.

how to make paper beads

However, I kind of wanted to make some of my own. Not that I will stop buying from Paper to Pearls and support them, but I have a lot of paper, junk mail leaflets, old magazines, left-over gift wrap paper etc around the house that could benefit from a little upcycling and turned into great looking and eco-friendly jewellery.

So, here’s how I make them myself – a little project that might keep you busy if you are after some crafty thing to do.

How to make Paper Beads

You will need:

  • Colourful pages from old magazines, calendars, gift wrap paper or any colourful paper. You will lose the designs on the paper as you roll them into beads, so just try out different papers to see the effects you get. But remember the thicker the paper the fatter the bead!
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler (preferably a long one)
  • Toothpick (or needle)
  • Liquid glue (paper or all-purpose craft glue will do)
  • Resin or Clear varnish – most clear varnishes from local store will do or nail varnish.
  • Any other jewellery items like wires, threads to make the beads into jewellery.

how to make paper beads

First lay your paper flat. Measure 1cm intervals on one side. On the other side start with 0.5cm then 1cm intervals from it. Score the paper. Depending on the size you want your bead to be you can increase / decrease the width.

how to make paper beads

You can experiment with different shapes of paper cutting; this will result in beads of different shapes.

how to make paper beads

Cut along the lines.

how to make paper beads

For the next steps:

  1. Take your toothpick and starting at the thickest end of the strip.
  2. Start rolling it tightly around the toothpick. Using your nails to catch it in at first.
  3. Ensure to keep the paper central.
  4. Apply a dab of glue at the end.
  5. Roll the last bit and press down on it for a few seconds to hold the bead in place.
  6. The finished bead.

how to make paper beads

The finished beads.

how to make paper beads

If you are making a small batch, you can leave them on a toothpick each (this is what I tend to do). Some people thread the beads on plastic wire or fishing string. Whichever you choose, make sure the string is thick enough for a snug fit and the varnish cannot seep in to block the holes.

If using resin, prepare according to package instructions. I use a 2 part epoxy resin.

paper beads how to

Start varnishing. I use a brush and give them at least 2 coats of resin / varnish. Leave to dry for 2-3 days, and your beads are ready to use!

how to make paper beads

You can use some firm foam or anything you can hold the toothpicks on. The only thing I had on hand was a potato!

how to make paper beads

Make into jewellery: earrings, pendants, necklaces… You can add other beads and charms, hooks and wires; I leave it to you imagination. I hope you’ve liked this tutorial.

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But then again, if you already have enough to do and would rather just buy some, you may want to have a look at some paper bead jewellery in my shop.

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how to make paper beads, bijouxlovlie, vegan jewellery, vegan jewelry

paper beads how to

By the way, if you are looking for more awesome craft projects with paper, check out this book: Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper:

For more handmade jewellery visit the Bijouxlovlie store.

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  • cookingwithlysa
    May 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    you have such a great talent. This is amazing.

  • AikoVenus
    May 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    These are so beautiful, Teenuja! As a final product these don't look so simple – they look like they'd be about a hundred bucks. ^^ You're so creative and these would be excellent for Mother's Day!

  • Pin And Tack
    May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Beautiful earrings AND a fantastic tutorial – Thank you for sharing. I will have to give it a try one of these days :)<br /><br />Lots of joy,<br />Corrinne

  • Mihl
    May 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I always wanted to know how to make these. Your psot is a really great stept to step guide.

  • Alyssa
    May 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    What a great post! I love the tutorial. I will definitely be trying to make these in the near future…if I fail miserably, I will go right to your etsy store 🙂

  • Night of Christmas Hope
    July 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hi,<br />Thanks for that detailed post.<br />I really like how you used a charm as a dangle on the bottom of the purple earrings. Thats a great idea.<br /><br />I run a group of women here in Australia, that make paper bead jewellery to support orphans with HIV in Thailand.<br />It has been a fun journey.<br />I love to see what others are doing with paper beads. It is a great medium.<br /><br

  • Sunaina Rao
    July 21, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Hi,<br /><br />Love the beads you have made. Which varnish do you use for the beands ? Can we use the gloss varnish thats available in hardware stores ?

    • Lovlie
      July 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

      I have heard some people use the varnish from hardware stores. I think you can use that but have to leave them to dry for a few days. I use resin, the two-parts type that you mix and then apply. You can get resin in hardware stores or online. Ask for 2 parts resin. I get an eco-friendly type which doesn&#39;t have strong odours.

  • Jen Gibbons
    November 10, 2012 at 4:36 am

    how do you get them more round? like the ones in the 2nd pic? I tried making some but they don&#39;t look that round or large, and I cut it the same size width…how long of piece do you use? is that wallpaper? I really like the look of the rounded ones in the 2nd pic

    • Lovlie
      November 10, 2012 at 5:59 am

      I used normal wrapping paper for the ones in the tutorial. If you use a thicker paper, you&#39;ll get fatter beads, so maybe try with wallpaper. To get them looking more round you need to adjust the slant of the paper strip, so make them longer to get a more gradual slant that will end up in a rounder bead rather than elongated thinner one. You&#39;ll have to experiment to see how fat or round

  • Anonymous
    January 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    i love paper beads cute selll um

  • Alby mariya joy Alby
    March 14, 2014 at 6:13 am

    wow, i made this pearl making rings, earrings, and other materials, it was very beautiful,. lovly things,

  • Angela marsh
    April 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    So dang cool and inspiring!

  • M.J. Torres
    May 14, 2015 at 7:44 pm


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