Yesterday afternoon I decided to wander out of my artistic comfort zone. My art group posted a swap to exchange paper beads, and my first instinct was to shy away from this challenge. However, the more I thought about it, the more intriguing the challenge became.
I gathered some simple materials: Scrap paper, old book pages, scissors, glue and sparkle Mod Podge. I wrapped my paper (cut into triangular strips) around toothpicks, and glued the "ends" in place. Before long, I had rolled quite a collection of paper beads.
After they were rolled, I coated the beads with two coats Mod Podge (you can use clear nail polish too), and stuck the toothpicks in a cork to let them dry. To be honest, I was amazed at the results! Who knew that such pretty little beads could be made from paper scraps and even old magazine pages.
If you'd like to give this a try, there are quite a few bead making tutorials on You Tube. Just search for "paper beads". The finished beads can be used for jewelry, charms or journal embellishments. Just one warning: Making these beads is addictive - you can't make just one!