Guest Post: Paper Jewelry

Hi y’all, my name is Lori and I’m  so excited to be here at Naptime Crafters. Amy was so sweet to invite me to share with you while she is taking her maternity break…Congrats Amy! So, a little about me…I’m a southern girl living in California with my DIY husband, clever daughter, and crafty mom.  I blog over at Bleak 2 Unique where I love to thrift shop,  craft and do all things DIY. If you want to learn more you are welcome to visit anytime. 
I have to tell you that I was just a tad nervous about guesting since I am a “baby blogger”, but my sweet hubby said, “Go for it!”, so here I am.  Today I’m gonna share a craft using old paper, which is my daughter Amelia’s favorite…paper jewelry. 
First of all let me just say that I just love pretty paper. I’m a paperaholic at heart, but my budget just doesn’t have an open spot for a paper category right now….a girl can dream, right? So, imagine how delighted I was when I discovered that you can make beautiful things from old paper and magazines…really? I was a little skeptical at first, but “what to my wondering eyes should appear?”…Pinterest love like these.. 



Aren’t these adorable? I was sure I could do paper beads, so I grabbed my supplies. 
Supply list: old magazines or colorful paper, glue, toothpicks, exacto knife or scissors, jewelry cord,  styrofoam or cardboard lid to stick toothpicks in, extra beads if you like, and patience. First I needed colorful paper from magazines like these…

Colorful Magazines

Try to pick pages that have solid pics and not many words…and lots of color! I like blue, so I tore out a blue page. Next, with the page turned lengthwise, mark the page in 1/2 inch increments…like so….

Mark off every 1/2 inch
Mark off both sides of page

Once both sides are marked then use a ruler and a exacto knife..or scissors, to cut 1/2 inch triangular strips. Line the ruler so that the wide side of the triangle starts at the first dot on one side of page, and extends to the edge of the other side of the paper. The next triangle will be cut from narrow side to wide side (similar to a zig zag)…like so…

Cut across entire page
Narrow to wide…then wide to narrow across page

Once all strips are cut it is time to make a bead by wrapping the paper around a toothpick, starting with the wide end. Wrap strips tight, but not too tight or the paper will rip. This takes practice, or at least it did for me. I tore the paper the first 6 tries, but no way was I giving up…not after investing time cutting all those triangular strips! Wrap each strip like this…

Bead Seeds
Wrap strip tightly around toothpick

Once the strip is wrapped, glue the end…now it’s a bead! I stuck the toothpick in a box lid to dry, but you can use a piece of styrofoam or whatever you have handy. Now, keep on rollin’ until each strip has been transformed into a bead….

Glue end to save your bead
Beads drying

After the glue dries, you can add a coat of clear coat nail polish, urethane, or whatever clear sealer you may have…I like nail polish. I made 16 beads which is enough for an average size bracelet if you are adding spacer beads.  Once the beads are dry it was time to assemble my bracelet…Like this…

Finished paper beads
Jewelry cord
Extra silver beads for bling
So Cute!
Love it!
Hope y’all enjoyed my paper jewelry craft as much as I loved sharing. If so, you may like these too…
Song Birds

Thanks again to Amy for allowing me to visit here today. Enjoy your crafts, Lori

Thanks so much Lori!


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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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    I love love love this! Your bracelet turned out so cute!! I want to try this bad! I always see these adorable necklaces and other jewelry of my friends from Africa, made like this. And I have always wanted something, but now I am going to try and make my own! Thanks for the tutorial!

    I would love for you to stop by our Naturally-Nifty Party and link this up! It opens tomorrow!!

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