Monday, January 16, 2012

Make it: Grown Up Paper Beads and Rose Quartz Necklace

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 On the set of Creative Juice...making beads and stringing them up.

Make it: Paper Beads
Re-Craft tiny scraps of paper into pretty beads.

Mod Podge - gloss
Colorful wrapping or scrapbook paper (glossy works best)
Bamboo skewers

1. Cut paper into triangles approximately 1" or less across the bottom and approximately 2" long.

2. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper.

3. Starting at the wide end of the paper, roll it tightly around a bamboo skewer.

4. Apply glue to the last 1/2" of the paper (the pointed end) and roll into place. Once it dry, apply Mod Podge over the surface of the beads to create a glossy finish.

Make it: Paper Bead and Rose Quartz Necklace


2 paper beads
chain (long enough to make necklace the desired length)
decorative beads (here, two beads were used, one large and one small rosy quartz)
2 jump rings
2 crimp beads
wire cutters
round-nose jewelry pliers
1 head pin

1. Cut a length of chain to use as the base of the necklace.

2. Slide rosy quartz beads onto a head pin. With the wire cutters, snip off the head pin excess, leaving enough to make a loop. Use round-nose pliers to form a loop at the end of the head pin.

3. Locate the middle point of the chain and attach the bead charm you just made to this point. Use pliers to open the loop of the head pin and attach it to the link in the middle of the chain.

4. Slide paper beads onto the chain, putting one on each side of the charm.

5. With round-nose pliers open up the jump rings and attach one to each end of the chain. Attach one half of the clasp to one of the jump rings and the other half of the clasp to the other jump ring. Close the jump rings with the pliers.


  1. I am totally diggin' paper beads for grownups. And they make perfect sense in this kind of economy! Finally something to do with all the old magazines!

  2. New follower. Found you through Mod Podge Rocks. LOVE the paper beads! ~Lanie J.

  3. Love this idea. I have a bunch of these paper beads and really had no idea what to do with them. I like the necklace you made. Your paper beads look great....

  4. I've been making these for a few years now!
    I have over 2500 in my 'unused' pile.

    I LOVE IT!

    Cheap, easy and fun!

  5. Some of our young deaf kids, from very impoverished families, in our little school here in Shimoni, Kenya have started making these beads. They will try and sell their beads and will then be able to support themselves and have some quality of life. Thanks for showing us how!

  6. Anonymous5:48 AM

    12 December, 11

    Alo Cathie,

    I watched a repeat of your show this morning; "Teen Time". Where does someone buy the liquid beads that you used?


  7. Hello, We got it from Michaels craft stores. Here is a link to the product:


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