Little Hands – Paper Bead Jewelry

It has been a while since we’ve posted something for little hands. Today’s wintry mix of spring rain, sleet and snow and the gray skies that accompany it are the perfect reason to think about craft projects with the kids.

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Making paper beads is very easy and inexpensive. In fact, you probably already have everything you need in the house. However, don’t let that stop you from planning a trip to the craft store or the dollar store. There is nothing like a bit of immersion amongst colorful craft supplies to inspire masterpiece creativity. By the way, this is for the kid at heart s much as actual children… just in case you feel you need permission.

Here is what you’ll need –

  • Magazines or wrapping paper.
  • White glue.
  • A thin dowel (1/16 inch) or a craft paint brush (for the handle).
  • Sewing needle and heavy thread or embroidery twine.
  • Scissors.
  • Ruler.
  • A brush to apply glue.
  • Clear nail polish.

Instructions –

  1. Cut several images from the magazines. Do not be concerned with the image itself as with how colorful or rhythmic it appears.
  2. Out of these images, cut several pieces of paper in the shape of elongated triangles of two different sizes: 1/2 inch base x 7 inch to the point and 1 inch base by 4 inch to the point. This will result in two differently shaped beads, for variety.
  3. We are ready to roll, literally.
  4. Place a paper triangle colorful face down.
  5. Add a thin layer of glue from the tip to about an inch from the base. You want to leave that 1 inch from the base dry.
  6. Place the dowel (or craft paint brush handle) along the base of the triangle and roll the paper around it, toward the point. You want a firm fit, but not so tight that you will not be able to slide the dowel out easily.
  7. Press the point firmly against the rolled paper while the dowel is still inside.
  8. Slide the bead off the dowel. Repeat steps 4 to 7 with every paper triangle.
  9. Brush some clear nail polish on each bead, to make it shiny and help preserve it.

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When you’ve got a nice pile of beads, it’s time to create something. String them together to make a bracelet or pendant. You can also string several strands of different lengths, affix them side by side along a dowel and use as a wall ornament. Let your imagination run wild!

Find more Little Hands Projects HERE.

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About PS MacMurray

Paschal'Simon MacMurray, the scribe, specializes in providing a no nonsense Facebook and Blog presence for small business owners who want quality without breaking the bank. PS MacMurray, the artisan, creates art on a whim using fabric, paper, beads, twine and wire. View all posts by PS MacMurray

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