Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)


Select One (optional)

Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)


Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens


Free Offer
Beautiful Beads

Explore this inspiring collection of 45 beading craft projects, including jewelry sets, necklace, earrings and home decor items.

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

Unbelievably Easy Paper Beads


Updated June 16, 2016
(10 Votes)


Check out these incredibly simple paper bead instructions! Unbelievably Easy Paper Beads are the way to go if you've always wanted to make your own beads or needed a bead in a specific color but couldn't find it. They come out perfectly adorable too!

Paper Beads


  • A piece of paper (if you plan on painting the beads rather than leaving as is, I suggest just plain white printer paper)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Something to wrap the beads around (I use a wooden skewer, you can find these at the grocery store)
  • Nail polish
  • Krazy glue
  • Pencil
  • String


  1. Measure 1.5 centimeters on one edge of the paper and about .1 centimeters on the opposite side. Do this long ways on the paper. Hold the ruler from one point to the other, and draw a line connecting these points with your pencil.
    Paper Beads
  2. Cut down the line you just drew, making a very thin and tall triangle.
    Paper Beads
  3. Take the wide bottom of the triangle and wrap it around the skewer.
    Paper Beads
  4. Continue wrapping the paper around the skewer, until the whole triangle has been wrapped. Use your glue to keep the tip of the triangle held down on newly created bead.
    Paper Beads
  5. Let the glue dry, and paint the bead with the nail polish of your choice.
    Paper Beads
  6. Continue making your beads and painting them. Once the beads have dried on the skewer, pull them off and string them. It required about 13 beads for me to complete a bracelet.
    Paper Beads


Your Recently Viewed Projects

Love these projects? Get MORE delivered to your Inbox – FREE Click Here!

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Our church makes beads out of old church bulletins and sells them at our bazaar. Makes a nice keepsake for members/family.

What a fun craft. I certainly have lots of scrap paper around the house and lots of old nail polish that could be re purposed. I am also curious, could it be made with glue other than Krazy glue? It can be a bit difficult to work with!

yes any glue will work. With my girl scouts we just used glue sticks since they are young and messy

I love this craft for the Unbelievably Easy Paper Beads. It's so easy and they look great. Could I just use craft glue? I can just see me supper gluing my fingers together. I will be using old junk mail to make a bunch of these easy paper beads. Thank you so much for this free craft pattern.

yes any glue will work

Paper beads are a great way to use up all those scrapbook papers that I have left and unused because I didn't know how else to use them up. I also like the idea of using up some nail polishes I have. But is it possible to use other types of glues?

yes any glue will work. With young kids we have even used glue sticks

Thanks. Will try this!

I use elastic thread to string them on. Also, you would be amazed how cute brown bags or newspaper comics can look as beads.

I remember my Nana making these out of the Sunday comics and varnished.

Great tut! Thank you for sharing it with us.

This article has the best pictures for illustrating each step. As a new crafter, I really appreciate that. And, after seeing the other homemade bead ideas, I can see that this article's technique can be used with the other materials, e.g. fabric, wrapping paper, etc.. Thank-you.

excellant summer activity [[anytime also]


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Newsletter Signup

Free Newsletter!

Discover crafting projects, free patterns, tips and special offers. Get free craft projects, how-to crafting tutorials & product reviews.

Please Wait

Thanks for signing up

Sorry, we could not sign you up.

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts


Free eBooks

See More

Connect With Us

Facebook Google Plus Instagram Twitter Pinterest
Twitter Blog Email RSS

News About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.