My lovely friend from Wabi-Sabi-Wanderings has me making paper beads by the bucketful. Alright...to be honest, after 1.5 hours of work last night, and a half hour today I have a small plate full. The plan is we're going to use them to make beautiful paper garlands this Friday, (and I'm thrilled, because Ruby's turning 7 on June 3rd, and we're having a rainbow party, and what better to decorate with than beautiful paper bead garlands!!) Since I am in full paper bead making mode, I thought I would share with you how to make your own beautiful paper beads! Oh, and go to Wabi-Sabi and check out the garland...trust me, you will want to make one of your own!!!!
You will need:
beautiful pieces of paper...think pages from magazines, gift wrap, scrap book paper, even newspaper
glue...I used a glue stick
modge podge, (optional)
First cut your paper into triangles...I did mine about 7 inches long. You can vary the width...smaller if you want to make jewellery, bigger if you want to make garland, necklaces, etc...
Put a line of glue down your triangle...get your skewer and starting from the wide point of your triangle, roll it onto the skewer. Put a dab more glue on the tip and VOILA!!! A paper bead!! (my camera just wouldn't take a good picture of a single paper bead, so refer to the top of the post to see the glorious paper beads)!!
If you want to make them a bit sturdier, this is when you would coat them with modge podge...but, it's totally optional. Have fun!!!
And just because this was so darn cute...while I was making beads at the kitchen table I noticed the girls across the room doing this!!! Oh my goodness...how I adore these little people in my life!!
Happy bead making!!