I first heard of paper bead crafting a few years ago from Katie Davis and Amazima Ministries. I forgot about it until I came across the craft again on Pinterest after I acquired a few boxes of old National Geographics. My daughter and I really enjoyed crafting them on a snowy weekend! I thought I’d post a photo tutorial here for those who are interested.
Pick out your paper – a page from a magazine, a glossy advertisement, or even scrapbook paper.
Using a ruler or straight-edge, draw lines on the back of your paper. Here, I chose 1/2 inch lines. The lines should be diagonal so that you end up cutting triangles. There are a number of shapes and sizes
you can cut to make different beads. There are lots of free templates online you can use for cutting; I started out with this one
, but found that it was easier to just do it with the ruler and no template.
Strips are cut.
Finished strips. Starting to roll.
You can use a variety of tools to wrap your beads (or use none at all if you don’t mind variation in the size), but the most inexpensive is a toothpick or wooden skewer. A chopstick adds a funky shape, if you’re into that.
I also tried using white school glue (like Elmer’s) + water, but don’t care for the messiness, plus with magazine paper it gets pretty soggy. I do like it better for heavy weight paper like scrap book paper, but I still prefer glue stick for that.
Keep it centered.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. Keep those doggies rollin’!
Getting close. Here I add a dab of glue stick on the end of the paper.
Then finish off.
Here’s my very inexpensive drying rack. It’s a piece of foam with tooth picks. Easy peasy!
Later on I realized that the clear nail polish eats away at the foam, so I moved the toothpicks to the outside edge of the foam circle and stuck them in at an angle (see photo further down).
An old Altoid tin makes a great storage case! The cord in the tin is leather cord in a pewter color from Hobby Lobby
. Another great organization tool is small, plastic zip-top bags.