Thursday, January 8, 2009

Paper beaded jewelry...

I’ve been thinking about dabbling in jewelry making lately. The other night I remembered a project that my third graders made when I was teaching: beaded necklaces made with paper! We actually used old wallpaper samples (from wallpaper books that stores give away for free when they are done with them) and created beads out of the paper. They turned them into necklaces and sold them to raise money for the school.

Let me show you how to create these beads from paper to make your own unique jewelry!
First, you will need to decide which patterned paper you’d like to use. Here I chose the Pop Fashion Hip Huggers paper, because I love the elegant feel to it. Depending on the size you want the beads to turn out, you can cut your strips 12” for thicker beads or 6” for skinnier beads. The strips should be about ½ inch wide, but make sure all your strips are the same size to create beads that are similar.Next, I put a small spot of glue from my tape runner on one end. I used a skinny end of a paintbrush and began wrapping the paper strip around the brush. When you are almost to the end, slide the paper bead off the brush and add a bit of Mod Podge to the inside end of the paper. Finish wrapping the end around and hold it the end down for a few seconds. The Mod Podge will adhere and dry quickly. I used a matte finish Mod Podge, but you can also purchase a glossy finish. Paint the Mod Podge all the way around the bead to put a protective coating on it. Let dry. (only takes a few minutes for these to dry)
To create the necklace, I purchased this pre-made necklace from AC Moore for about $2. I cut one of the loops out of the necklace with wire cutters and added the bead in with a small piece of wire. The bracelet is also made with wire, but you could use elastic or a chain if you wanted to and add clasps to the ends. The large black button on the bracelet has a Pop Fashion – Paislee Press On in Metallic Silver applied to it and was covered with Mod Podge to seal it.

With these beads you can create many other things as well, such as earrings, bookmarks, etc…unlimited possibilities! Here is another bracelet made with the Tinsel Town line from Pink Paislee. The beads are different sizes on this one and I used a bit of Tinsel Town ribbon wrapped around a couple of the beads.

Am working on some earrings next, just need a few more parts from the store. Will post more soon, thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

jonaks said...

i loved your beaded necklace and bracelet. this is so beautiful.

Haberdawoman said...

What a great and fun idea.
I now have something new to do with my girls this weekend :)
Thanks for sharing.

DeeDee said...

Oh COOL!!!! I remember making these in Girl Scouts.....what memories!!! I love all your pieces, especially the last bracelet. TFS!!! HUGS!!!

Susan Coish said...

That's so pretty! I love how you added the extras to the bracelet!!

Elizabeth said...

What gorgeous works of jewelry!! I love the silver one a lot!!!! You should sell them!

Chrys said...

VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!!! LOVe that bracelet!!!!

Anabelle said...

This is such a fun idea! I love how they turned out. :)

Char said...

Pretty awesome that you can make jewelry from paper !! Love them :-)

Daniela said...

Love the bracelet! Awesome!

Chasity Grace said...

those paper beads are super cute!

Leigh said...

Love this idea and that bracelet!
I need to get some modge podge...

~Nancy~ said...

Such a great idea Danielle!! Your project turned out so cute!!! WOW!!! Thanks for sharing!! XOXO

Peggy-Sue said...

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Have a nice sunday.
Greetings from Denmark

Jane Ettia Jones said...

wooooooow you never cease to amaze me with your creations

Danielle said...

Danielle, these are super, super cute! Very creative!

Hilary Kanwischer said...

I have always wanted to try these!! Fabulous Danielle!! Seriously, just gorgeous stuff! :)

Christiane said...

yeah, it's really easy to do these beads. we did it as child with blow-outs and sugar water!!
your project looks fab!!

~*~ Stephanie ~*~ said...

I love paper beads!! I've made them... but a little different than what you did... I got the template from Paper Trey Inks blog... here are mine :)

http://scrappinghappiness.blogspot.com/2008/09/u-rock-again.html

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Jewelry Virginia said...

Pretty Cool!!! Nice piece of thinking. To create an idea and from imagination to develop our creativity it is a Art. This jewelry is a unique and exclusive piece of artwork.