Paper Bead Necklace and Bracelet Set

Paper Bead Necklace and Bracelet Set

Posted by DecoArt on Feb 11th 2016

Make a paper bead necklace and bracelet set in a color palette of your choice.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • scissors
    • 1/4" flat brush
    • craft glue
    • jewelry pliers
    • Styrofoam sheet
    • beads
    • wooden skewer
    • wire cutters
    • paper trimmer
    • crimp bead
    • jewelry clasp
    • magazine
    • beading wire
    • crimping tool



    Be sure the beads are totally dry before stringing.

    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Use a paper trimmer to cut strips from magazine pages. (You can also use junk mail or scrapbook paper.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Cut strips the length of the magazine pages about 1" wide. Using a paper trimmer, cut each strip into two long triangles. Cut a variety of widths for added interest. (The beads can also be made from long narrow strips, not cut into triangles.)
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Roll the widest end of strip around a wooden skewer. Keep wrapping the paper around the skewer, being sure to wind evenly and fairly tautly. Every few turns, add a small dab of craft glue.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Keep winding and adding dabs of glue until you reach the end of the paper strip. Add a dab of glue to the end.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Let the glue dry before proceeding.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Paint the beads on skewers using two coats of paint. (We used a blue palette of Desert Turquoise, Coastal Waters, Turquoise Waters, and Peacock Pearl.) Stick the skewers into a sheet of Styrofoam while drying. (For interest on some of the beads, use two different colors, dabbing a bit of the second color on top of the dry first coat of color.)
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Let dry, then brush each bead with Triple Thick Gloss Glaze. Let dry on the skewers.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Determine the desired length of necklace. Cut beading wire with wire cutters or sharp scissors, being sure to add at least 3" extra.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. String the wire through one crimp bead and then the necklace clasp (toggle-style closure).
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Bring the end of bead wire back through the crimp bead.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Pull the wire taut with pliers.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. Using a crimping tool, flatten the crimp bead. Cut off the excess bead wire.
    24. Instruction #12
    25. String the paper beads, alternating with small accent beads. For the other end of the closure, repeat Steps 9-12 using a crimp bead and the other end of the toggle closure.
    26. Instruction #13
    27. Necklace can be doubled over, or used as a bracelet by winding it around the wrist. (See photo: Two long necklaces are shown, below, worn together.)
    28. Instruction #14