Monday, August 13, 2012

How To Make Your Own Paper Beads

Summer is here and I am sure all the parents out there are looking for ways to keep their kids busy (we sure are!) here is a fun and easy tutorial on how to make your own beads. You can then watch some of our other videos for ideas on what to do with the beads.

Material needed:

Old magazines
Modge podge (varnish)
Paint brush


First lay your paper flat. Measure 1 inch intervals on one side and draw lines 1 inch apart. Then angle your ruler and draw a line cutting each interval into half and turning each inch interval into two triangles.

You can experiment with different shapes of paper cutting; this will result in beads of different shapes.

Once you have a size of paper strip you like, use a small paintbrush and coat the top side with white glue. Starting with the widest end of the paper, roll it tightly around a toothpick.

Roll the last bit and press down on it for a few seconds to hold the bead in place.

Leave each bead on the toothpick and stick each toothpick into the piece of styrofoam.

Start varnishing. Use a brush and give them at least 2 coats of varnish. Leave to dry for 2-3 days.

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