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Beautiful Paper Beads



These Beautiful Paper Beads are a great way to use up old magazines.  With this easy to follow tutorial, making paper beads is a piece of cake!  Use them on a necklace, earrings, or bracelets.

Beautiful Paper Beads


  • A colorful magazine paper
  • Glue
  • Gauze wire or any strong string
  • Tooth pick
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Vanish (nail or wood vanish)
  • Colorful small plastic beads
  • Stoppers


  1. Tear out a colorful page from an old magazine.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  2. Cut a long triangle.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  3. Flip the triangle so the wrong side is facing up.
  4. Roll up the triangle starting with the larger part,make sure the whole is big enough to fit your string. Put glue on about one inch at the small end.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  5. Repeat until you accumulate the number of paper beads you would like.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  6. Now take your string and cut it in the size you want.
  7. Knot a clasp at the end of your string.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  8. Thread your beads onto your necklace, leaving three inches at the end.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  9. Add clasp at the end.

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  10. At this stage, with your beads stringed, you prepare them for vanishing.
  11. Pour some vanish into a container and hold your stringed beads from the tip of the string as you mix them into the vanish.
  12. Then hang them on a wire or rope for an hour. Repeat the process at least 5 times so that the whole bead Is covered in vanish. Because vanish will make them stick together,its important to always keep them from clasping together as they are drying.
  13. When you are sure they are dry,unstring them.
  14. Armed with a fresh string and stoppers (these are for joining the two strings), tie a knot in the string and ensure that it is firm. Do this at the other end too.
  15. You can make many different designs using colored paper. Each bead is beautiful and unique,all these lead to very attractive jewelery!

    Beautiful Paper Beads
  16. You can use small plastic beads in between the paper beads to give them a unique look!

    Beautiful Paper Beads

    Beautiful Paper Beads

    Beautiful Paper Beads

    Beautiful Paper Beads


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this is amazing going to do this love your cutter where did you find it thank you so verty much

rosepedal25 4636799

I am wanting to know the pattern or deminsions of the triangle you cut. How do you get the shape of the bead to look like a toy top? Meaning so wide at the equator and narrow at the poles? They are so unique compared to the other paper beads that I have made. Please share the deminsions. Thank you Blessings... ..


My mom made tons of these years ago and strung them using some extra beads and "pearls" every once in a while. She made probably 40 or so of these strings (used fishing line), about 4 feet long, and then hung them from a dowel in a door way for a beaded curtain. It was beautiful!!! And my cat loved playing with the ends.

jale1957 5805643

Oh!!! Now I see the triangle!!! Wow! So sorry for not looking closer before making my comment!

djr121682 8255532

I like this process of making beads...making them from old magazines as I have lots of magazines and can't seem to part with them. The directions say to cut triangles but I see it as strips...long narrow rectangles. all in all ...the beads are beautiful, :-)

djr121682 8255532

The directions are good, as far as the process, but there are some glaring spelling and grammatical errors in it! I once had a beadmaker that worked great for rolling the beads; unfortunately, it is no longer made and worked so much better than rolling them on a toothpick or even on a "modern" bead roller.

KarenLane 2045508

I think that you mean to use 'varnish' not 'vanish' for this craft idea. I don't think that you are trying to make this project disappear.

ruth50313 7451070

I can't wait to try this! Thanks very much for posting! I just reposted this to my Pinterest site! WOOT!

bajamo 4120160

i love these beads. I'd like to create a bunch of long strands to make a beaded curtain.

susanchesley 7333468

These beads are beautiful, and I am very anxious to try these. Are there any instruction to make round beads?

La Flor de SS

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