Tuesday, August 28, 2012


My dear friend Jennifer sent me this article- the beads are adorable :) Fun to do and make
•modge podge (optional)



 Paper Bead Tutorial - SUMMER FUN!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hi Everyone

Here is a fun activity for a Summertime Camp, party or sleepover - a necklace made from paper beads. I created this post for Design Dazzle - so hop on over there and see what other fun things they have in store for you at their Summer Camp!

First, using a sharp knife or scissors, cut your paper to the shapes shown below. I like to cut a template from an old cereal box and then draw multiple images by tracing onto scrapbook paper lightly with a pencil. Then use a knife or scissors to cut out (your kids may be able to do this depending on age - but you DO need to be reasonably accurate).

Using a cocktail stick, wrap the wide end of each strip around tightly and secure using a tiny spot of Elmer's glue (I used Tombow liquid glue which holds and dries in a couple of seconds).

Keep on rolling using the occasional spot of glue until  you reach the end - and you are done! You can see below several examples of each bead - you don't have to worry at all about them all looking identical - they won't!


I then gave my beads coat of Glossy Mod Podge for extra shine and protection - but even without that the beads are pretty solid. Remember - they ARE paper though - and won't really tolerate getting wet!

You can then thread them onto string or elastic - they look really great with some plain acrylic beads separating them - especially in these bright colors. I have used the Paradise Beach Collection from Echo Park Paper to make these - available here at amazon.com or any scrapbook store.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.

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