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Easy methods to make paper beads – Pink Ted Artwork


Welcome again to a thrifty and upcycled How To Make Paper Beads from Magazines. Journal beads are a well-liked craft amongst kids and teenagers…however the truth is they originated in Africa, the place individuals make them for a dwelling.

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These journal beads have been first printed in Jan 2012 (gosh!) and have been up to date and republished for you in the present day!!

So simply because kids make them within the “Western World”, don’t “knock them” till you’ve got had a go. They’re enjoyable. Straightforward. Frugal. Vibrant and above all present a little bit of a lot wanted upcycling. They’re good use for any kind of outdated paper – we love straightforward Paper Crafts for teenagers!

I made mine baby pleasant – i.e. with a pleasant large opening in order that my kids can handle the beading… however you can also make them as neat as you want – utilizing a toothpick as a centre. Extra nice recycled crafts for teenagers right here.

What can I make utilizing paper beads?

Scroll to the underside of the article for some nice makes use of for these paper beads (together with hyperlinks and pictures!) – however to offer you some concepts to get you began – these paper beads are nice for:

  • DIY jewellery, like a bracelet or a necklace
  • Adorning a field or image body
  • Bead curtains for home windows or as room dividers

What sort of paper is finest for paper beads?

We LOVE utilizing outdated journal paper – as you possibly can co-ordinate the colors to make totally different colored beads. However that is the type of craft, the place experimenting is enjoyable too! Attempt newspaper, outdated wrapping paper, scraps of printer paper and even wallpaper! They’ll all end in barely totally different thicknesses and textures however it’s enjoyable to experiment.

Provides wanted to make Journal Beads

  • Previous vibrant journal pages or any kind of paper/ scrap paper,
  • A pair of scissors,
  • A ruler and pencil are useful however not important
  • PVA glue (white glue) like Mod Podge or a glue stick
  • A straw or two (use toothpicks/ skewer/ dowel/ knitting needles to make extra “grownup” beads or a pencil if making giant beads for toddlers)

You don’t want a paper bead template! Although in case you search on-line, you’ll find somebody in case you choose to make use of these!

Easy methods to make Journal Beads

You may both watch the How To Make Paper Beads Video tutorial.. or observe the steps by step directions, utilizing pictures outlined beneath!

Pink Ted (virtually 4) needed to have a go and will ALMOST do it. However not fairly. Nevertheless, he’s greater than able to beading!

Step by Step Photograph Tutorial for making Journal Beads

Make your paper strips

1. Minimize lengthy factor triangle shapes. You need the 2 lengthy sides to be as related as attainable It’s the skinny fringe of the triangle, that give the beads the thickness across the center, in addition to altering color patterns.

I made the decrease fringe of the triangle about 1-1.5cm large. This provides you the bead width.

We used one of many smaller format magazines and lower throughout the web page. However check out totally different sizes and see what bead dimension you want.

Minimize out plenty of these triangle strips of paper.

Begin rolling your paper beads

2. Utilizing you straw or a toothpick, take a strip of paper and wrap the large finish of the journal round a few occasions, then begin including pva glue to stay all of it down properly. Keep away from including PVA glue to the straw or toothpick, else the bead will persist with this. Having mentioned that, with the straw it doesn’t matter, as you possibly can lower it and go away it contained in the bead. This makes it simpler in case you are working with kids.

Safe the strip of paper with glue to make the bead

3. When you get to the tip of the triangle and your strip of paper is used up, rigorously add one other layer of PVA to safe the tip of the triangle. Then slide off your straw and put them right down to dry. I discovered they have been high quality on a plate. Attempt to get them to not contact or  they could stick to one another.

Achieved! Your have simply made the primary of your handmade paper beads! When you like you possibly can paint them, however we LOVE the colors that you just get from the magazines. Such a beautiful conventional craft to offer a go together with the children!

Love the patterns you get.

Crafts utilizing paper beads

Listed here are some examples of individuals getting actually good at these beads – they aren’t “how tos”, however examples of individuals getting excellent at these (click on on the picture to search out out extra):

Paper bead jewellery is the preferred use for paper beads

paper bead

(I like how within the final picture – the bead decoration, Solar Hat & Wellie Boots made their beading pre-schooler pleasant! Pink Ted can look and be taught!)

So, what do you suppose? Will give making journal beads a go?

Extra recycled crafts right here:

The video tutorial can be accessible on YouTube:


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