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Recycled Paper Beads

Step by step instructions showing how to make your own upcycled paper beads by recycling magazines, presented by Crafty Corner

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What do you do with magazines once you've read them? Chances are most people have a pile of magazines cluttering up some space, until they eventually get thrown out.

Well, a good way to put these to good use and relieve some of the strain on our landfill sites, is to use old magazines to make beautiful, upcycled paper jewellery!

By reducing what we use, reusing what we do need, upcycling, and recycling something once we have no more use for it, we can all make a small difference to the health of our planet Earth. Follow our easy step by step instructions and see how easy it is to make your own recycled paper beads and jewellery!

paper beads upcycled paper beads

What you need to make recycled paper beads:

  • An old magazine
  • Scissors
  • Varnish
  • Brush
  • Pin
materials you need to make recycled jewellery

Read through all the instructions first before starting this recycling craft.

Step 1

Find a page in your magazine that has colours that you like, and then cut this lengthways into straight strips about 1cm wide.

cut strips from magazine recycled paper strips

Step 2

Start rolling the paper up quite tightly. Roll it at a slight angle, so that you end up with a long spiral tube.

roll paper into a spiral

Step 3

Once you have rolled up a strip, varnish the inside end of the end of the paper. This will act as glue to stop your recycled bead from unravelling.

varnish varnish the flap on the bead

Step 4

Once you have done this, you can varnish the outside of your bead for a glossy finish. The varnish will also help protect the paper bead from damage.

varnish outside of the recycled paper bead

Step 5

Your first bead is now complete. Set aside to allow the varnish to dry, and carry on making beads until you have enough recycled paper beads to make a bracelet or necklace.

allow upcycled paper beads to dry

Step 6

Once dry, use a pin or needle to poke a hole near the top of your bead. Your bead is now ready for use.

stick pin through bead bead with hole

Step 7

Another method of making interesting and beautiful upcycled paper beads is to cut very long, very narrow triangles.

cut narrow triangles

Step 8

Roll the triangle up, starting at the thick end, and slowly roll it up in a straight line so that the point of the triangle is in the middle. This gives your bead some texture and a pleasing shape.

roll paper beads

Step 9

Varnish the end of the triangle to stick it down, and then varnish the rest of the bead to protect it and give it a glossy finish.

varnish the rolled bead

Step 10

Once dry, these beads can be used as they are, simply thread your string or cord through the centre of the bead!

recycled paper bracelet

Step 11

Take a look at some of our beautiful, recycled paper bead jewellery below!

paper necklace paper jewellery