January 26, 2011

Paper Beads

 Paper Beads

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!

May you spread your creative wings today and soar!

37 comments:

Michelle said...

Yay for pushing outside your comfort zone!! Your beads are gorgeous and now my creative wheels are spinning...maybe I'll find a moment or two this weekend to make some too! As always, thank you for the inspiration! x0-Michelle

Netty said...

They look terrific......now I want to see what you make with them......nosey? Yep......lol
Annette x

sharon said...

These are soooo beautiful Terri! Really impressive, and I love the color of the orange mixed with the text ones....just awesome!

dosfishes said...

These came out beautifully and your drying method a la cork looks like a sculpture. xox Corrine

Cynthia Schelzig said...

oooh I know what you mean...I can still recall my bead summer from
%&$§...all did was make beads:) but now that I see your beads here...mmmmmm makes me want to make some more. THese look fabulous!

Ro Bruhn said...

What a gorgeous collection, they'll have multiple uses and oh so light.

Diane said...

I haven't done these in a while--but you're right--they're fun to make!
P.S. I like them on the toothpicks too :)

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What great inspiration for getting out of our comfort zones occasionally, great beads, looks like you had fun :)

Healing Woman said...

Oh no! Another addictive craft. Your beads turned out great. I am imagining what you will do with them. I'm seeing them on your bookmarks for sure!

Thanks so much for showing this.

Marit said...

I saw the first photo (I hadn't read one line further yet) and I was right back in my childhood years, making these beads with my mommy! Aaahhhh... I totally forgot about paper beads! Thanks so much for this post, it made my day! (I think I'm going to call my mom right now... 'remember mom?!')

Sharon said...

Terri these are really beautiful. I run an art club at school called Art Goes Green we use mostly recycled materials. We did these but I didn't know about the triangular cuts so they had big holes at the ends.
Anyway these are gorgeous-- make a necklace!
Sharon

roc said...

so happy you gave those beads a try because you did an amazing job with them! it's going to be a little addiction i think!

Diana Evans said...

oh my heavens!!! what a super cool idea Terri!!!! I love the way these look...you are so creative!!!! I am inspired!!!!

WW said...

Terri....I love what you've done with these. I can't wait to see them in person!!

Marilyn Rock said...

WOW! Stunning! Love your paper beads!

Kimmie said...

So pretty .... I lve the way you've photographed them ... It looks like a colorful little porkypine :)

Rebecca Anthony said...

Wow Terri, these are too cool and so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lynn Richards said...

How cute are these??? Your art group sounds like a blast. What will you do with them? I love the way you photographed them.
xo
lynn

~*~Patty S said...

wonderful pics and inspiration dear Terri...fun seeing the skewers in a cork...makes me thirsty and itchy to play all at the same time!

Happy Friday..it's snowing lightly here this more...snow on snow...but you know more about THAT!
oxo

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

I'm pleased to see you didn't shy away from this challenge as the results are well worth it - lovely!

Taluula said...

Ohh Terri, these are wondrous, beautiful and delicate and remind me how long it is since I made some beads myself. I'm sure I will be making some again soon. Thank you for sharing these.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Oh, Terri! How fun! It's been ages and ages since I've made paper beads. I used to do it a lot when I was teaching art. They look yummy! Can't wait to see their destiny! Please share!

Have a great weekend!
marsha

*jean* said...

o good for you, terri! they are so fun, can't wait to see what becomes of them!! my mother still has a strand that her mother made...they used to dip them in beeswax...my very favorite paper to use for these is an ocean page from nat'l geo...they look like turquoise...happy rolling!!

Lori Saul said...

Great! I have made paper beads and find them fascinating. These are just stunning and you have presented them so beautifully Terri. Oh I am inspired again!

Mod Podge Amy said...

These are so fun! I love them!

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

They are adorable!Kudos to you for choosing to mix things up artistically, will love seeing what you make with them!

Jocelyne said...

I love your beads, gorgeous work !

Kathy said...

Glitter Mod Podge? Really?!

These turned out great. I remember making these myself. Please do show us what fabulous thing you decide to do with them! - Cheers, Kathy

Janine said...

Ahh lovely, I love paper- beads.
Wonderful photos!

ziggy stardust said...

thanks for a chance to win!

xoxo
ziggy
http://ziggysemporium.blogspot.com

Doone said...

my next salt dough dolly is going to have hair made of cocktails sticks and UTEE beads -
Dx

Paben said...

These turned out Beautiful.We used to make them as kids!Also covered an old tin waste basket with newspaper rolled in tubes like this and glued on!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Just had to see these again! They are sooo beautiful and inspiring! Thanks wonderful friend! Blessings.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have been SO absent for so long, I didn't even realize I'd missed this post. What I love is the idea for placing the skewers in a cork. Brilliant. Now, if I only drank wine!

Tess said...

I have a little box full of paper beads I made and never did anything with them. i would love to see what you did with yours. Theya re so fun to make. I made them as a child but never added glitter or paint aor thread to them. This time I did. Such fun!

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Oh Terri, Not only are these beads awesome in and of themselves, but the way you've showcased them in photos is way wonderful!

So far behind in commenting. I visit everyone through my google reader but the busyness of life has kept me from keeping up on commenting as much as I'd like to...

Always enjoy your posts, Terri!
Xo, Sue

Elizabeth Golden said...

I love these. I use to do these with my grandmother. So much fun. Now there are so many more things t use them on....