Paper Bead Bracelet Tutorial

By Monique Liedtke of My Little Shoebox


As much as I love to create layouts and cards, sometimes I love to create something else more! So for today I chose to show you how to create paper beads to make a bracelet.


Let’s get started!


First we start creating the paper beads.



1. Gather your materials to create the beads: scraps of paper (I use scraps from the Up in the Trees collection), scissors, trimmer, knife & ruler, glue stick, tooth picks and either glossy accents or crackle accents (or nail polish).

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2. Cut a few strips of paper of at least 7.5”long and 0.5“ wide. Because I want every bead to be different I cut a few extra strips, but 4 would be sufficient.

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3. Cut your strips at a length of 7.5”.

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4. Use your knife and ruler to cut the strips diagonally so you get triangles:

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5. Now roll the top of your strip of paper (the wide end) 1 time around the tooth pick and use your glue stick to glue the rest of the back of the strip of paper.

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6. Roll the paper completely around the tooth pick like this:

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7. Repeat this until you have 8 or 9 beads (for my arm 8 is enough). Because you didn’t add the glue to the top of the paper you can easily slide the bead off the tooth pick:

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8. Because I don’t want to damage my bracelet when washing my hands I covered the beads in a little bit of crackle accents (glossy accents or even nail polish will do too of course):

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9. When using crackle accents your beads look like this:

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10. To let the beads dry in stuck them in a piece of styrofoam:

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Now we come to the second part of the tutorial: creating the actual bracelet!

11. Gather the rest of the supplies: (glass)beads from your stash and elastic beading cord):

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12. String the beads on the elastic cord (I use a double beading cord so my bracelet is stronger). For my arm I needed 8 paper beads, 8 metal beads and 8 glass beads:

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13. Tie the ends of the beading cord together and your bracelet looks like this:

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And on my arm it looks like this:

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That’s it!! You’re done! Isn’t this a fun way to use your scraps???



Btw, I want you to know that this isn’t my own idea. I got the inspiration from a book I downloaded on my Kindle recently: “101 Crafty Gifts” by Chris Thomas.



Have a great and creative day!




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