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Unbelievably Easy Paper Beads



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


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Jun 14, 2014

Thanks. Will try this!


Oct 26, 2012

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


6 Ratings

Sep 12, 2012

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


May 31, 2012

Great tut! Thank you for sharing it with us.


May 30, 2012

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.


Apr 28, 2012

excellant summer activity [[anytime also]


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