Paper beads have been around forever and are simple-pimple to make. A few supplies and you’re good to go. There are free patterns all over the net, all similar to the pattern here. I’m giving you an SVG and GSD for you to make a template from. I have a project that could use a few paper beads and hope I can get round to taking some pictures and posting the results. I have made them before though and they always turn out very sweet.
1. Cut out your templates with thin paper (magazines are good – or plain paper if you want to paint them yourself ).
2. Dab some glue onto a cocktail stick / straw/ knitting needle (this all depends on how big you want your beads to be and how wide your template strips are) and stick to the widest edge of your template.
3. Wrap round and round (dab a little more glue every few turns) until all the paper has been wound up and is securely stuck down.
4. Coat them with a layer of Modge Podge or varnish and leave to dry.
Now have fun! Slip them off or cut the straws, etc and thread them onto ribbon, twine, string, etc to make jewellery or beaded curtains or bead bunting….
Cheap as chips to make and loads of fun!
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