Make a Paper Bead Necklace

Make a paper bead necklace this summer. Since we are at home this summer, there’s a lot interest in summer activities to do at home and projects, too – projects for both kids and adults.  Making paper beads is a great project that produces something pretty you can use for earrings or a necklace and it’s an activity everybody can enjoy. Paper bead jewelry is quite popular.  It’s fun to make these beads and adults and kids of all ages can enjoy making them.  

David's paper bead necklace

When my son was younger, he made a paper bead necklace for me (shown above).  I still have the necklace tucked away and wear it occasionally.  His beads were coated in wax.  These days there’s ModgePodge and similar products that will produce shiny finished beads. 

You start by cutting long triangles or rectangles of colorful paper – wrapping paper, paper scraps from magazines, etc.  The longer the paper piece is the larger the finished bead.  The width of the paper is the length of the bead.   You’ll need a glue stick, scissors, and paper, plus a wire to coil around.  Lots of ideas and instructions are available through Google and YouTube.  Here’s a link to get you started Making paper beads