Paper Beads

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Make a fashion statement with these easy-to-make beads -- perfect for accessorizing anything from a hat to shoelaces.

What you'll need

  • Scraps of colorful paper (gift wrap, magazine photos, or newspaper comics are ideal)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Drinking straws
  • Yarn, ribbon, or string

How to make it

  1. For each bead, cut out a triangular strip of paper that measures about 1 1/4 inches across the base and 10 1/2 inches from the base to the tip. Lay the strip facedown on a piece of waxed paper or cardboard. Coat the surface of the paper with glue.

  2. Stick the base of the strip to the side of a drinking straw. Wrap the paper repeatedly around the straw, applying more glue, if necessary, to stick down the tip of the triangle. Once the glue dries, use scissors to cut away the straw on both sides of each bead.

  3. String the finished beads on leather, yarn, nylon cording, or string. For a stylish touch, use a piece of ribbon and tie an overhand knot between beads to space them apart. Or use craft wire (available at craft and bead stores) to attach single beads to earring hangers.

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