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How to Make Beads

Paper Magic Beads

Who would have guessed, but simple paper makes gorgeous beads! And the sky's the limit when it comes to the colors and designs you can create, because paper comes in every color and texture and pattern imaginable. How will you ever decide what to use? Just imagine what you can make!

What You'll Need:

Gift wrap or Sunday comics





Clear gel glue



Small margarine tub

Narrow drinking straws

String or embroidery floss

What To Do:

On the backside of the paper you've chosen, use the ruler and pencil to draw triangles that are 1 inch across the bottom and 7 inches tall. Make as many triangles as you want beads, then cut out the triangles.

Mix 2 teaspoons of clear gel glue with 1 teaspoon of water in the small margarine tub. Dip a triangle in the glue mixture, and let the excess glue drip off.

Wrap the triangle around a straw, pattern side up, starting with the wide end, to make a rolled bead. Wrap all the triangles, and let them dry for a day. Remove the straw, and string your paper magic beads to make a necklace!

With the next craft, smaller beads can be combined into fantastic flowers, and then these flowers link to make jewelry. Get details on the next page.

For more creative craft and jewelry projects, see: