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Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets


Make paper beads from recycled paper bags and use them to make pretty bracelets. Learn how to make friendship bracelets while making paper beads with this craft tutorial!

Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets


  • Paper bag (one will make a ton of beads)
  • Acrylic paint in desired colors. I used a russet metallic
  • Small paintbrush
  • Decoupage glue, Gloss Modpodge is a good one
  • Ruler, pencil, scissors,
  • Waxed paper
  • Bamboo skewer
  • .7 mm Stretch beading cord


  1. Cover your work surface with a piece of waxed paper.
  2. Cut a piece of brown paper bag 6 ½” by 14”.
    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets  Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets
  3. Brush acrylic paint of choice onto the surface of one side of the paper. Let dry. Brush a coat of decoupage glue on top of the painted surface.

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets
  4. Lay the paper out lengthwise and working vertically on the unpainted side, measure 1/4” with your ruler. Draw a line that gradually tapers to a point. Working in the opposite side and direction, repeat this step, also tapering. Continue across alternating so that you have as many tapered strips as needed.

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets
  5. Cut the strips out. Each strip makes one bead.

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets
  6. Lay a strip on the waxed paper and with a small paintbrush, apply some decoupage glue onto the unpainted side of the strip. Do not apply glue to the last 1/8 inch of the wider end of the strip.

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets
  7. Starting with the wider end place on the skewer and hold tight with finger, start to roll. Continue rolling making sure to stay centered. Finish with the pointed end. Immediately remove from skewer and add a tad of glue with a toothpick if the pointed end is not completely adhered.

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets
  8. When you have enough beads for your needs, measure a piece of 7mm beading cord around wrist leaving enough extra to tie into a knot. String the beads onto the cord and knot it. Weave the ends into the beads on each side.

    Recycled Paper Bag Bracelets



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