How to Make Custom Paper Beads

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All my projects are really simple. If I can do it, you can do it. Give yourself more credit than you do and just get out there and try it. My projects don’t always turn out wonderful. But I keep trying until they do. That being said…

I have been fascinated by paper beads lately. So I googled (don’t you love how that is now a verb?) paper beads and found a plethora of yumminess out there. So I tried my hand at them and lookie what I made. It is just what everyone in the world wants…Infarrantly Creative earrings! 🙂
The main inspiration for today’s project came from this beauty found on Paperbeads.org.

Can you believe that is paper? I was particularly fond of the beads with words on it. My mind swirled with different word combinations. Do you want to know how I did it?

Supplies:
Large Daisy Spacer Beads (2)
2″ Head Pin
Small silver beads (2)
Paper strips with words printed on them
Mod Podge
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Tooth pick
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Paintbrush
Ear Wires (for earrings)
Jump Rings (for necklace)

1. Print out text making sure your paper is on the landscape setting. My words are a size 12 font. Then cut them into 1/2″ strips.

2. Flip the strips of paper over and spread a thin, even coat of Mod Podge on it (you could use any type of adhesive).

3. Then just roll the bead up tightly making sure it stays as even and taut as possible. I used a toothpick to help aid in this process.

4. Next I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (or JudiKins Diamond Glaze) and with a small paint brush I coated the beads with two coats (allowing proper dry time between coats).

Here they are after one coat waiting to be doused in that scrumptious stuff again. The dimensional magic gives it a glass like appearance…all shiny and blingy. I LOVES IT!

5. After they were completely dry I grabbed some basic beading supplies (two silver beads, one 2″ headpin and two end caps) and I made little paper bead charms using some jeweler’s pliers. Note: You may need to sand the bottom of the bead lightly if you did not roll it perfectly even so it lays flat against the spacer bead. If you are new to beading and don’t have jeweler’s pliers just use your husband’s needle nose pliers, they will work in a pinch too.

Here is a video tutorial on how to do the loop.

I was not a huge fan of the end cap beads I used on the “Isaac and Kayla” charms so I went to Joann’s and purchased those large daisy spacers I used in the earrings.
If you are making the charms into a necklace then add jump rings and string them on a necklace or cording. If you are making earrings then just open up the ring and add your charm and then close them.
Cost:
I used all products purchased from Joann Fabrics. Most of the supplies I had on hand but these are the prices on them. (These prices below are all retail prices but of course I used a 40% coupon on all of them).

Pack of Headpins: $3
Small pack of silver beads $2
Pack of Large Daisy Spacers: $3
Pack of Ear wires: $3
Mod Podge or Royal Coat Dimensional Magic: $3.59

I could make 16 charms out of all the supplies (with lots of the findings left over) making them less than $1 a charm. I am thinking necklaces, earrings, zipper pulls, and charm bracelets.

So, are you going to try it? Come on, you can do it. If you make them please let me know I would love to see them!

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