Lines Across: Make Your Own Beads

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Make Your Own Beads

This is a fun and simple project... a great way to use up those little scraps of paper and thread that you don't want to throw away.

What you need:

1. Scraps of paper or card stock
2. Scraps of embroidery thread
3. Mod Podge

What you do:

1. Cut your paper to the width that you want your beads to be. Wrap the paper around something like a BBQ skewer (other ideas: a long nail, a thin paint brush, a toothpick...) and glue the ends together. Make sure you don't glue the paper to the skewer.

2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside of the paper bead. Start wrapping the scrap piece of thread around the paper.

3. Trim the extra thread and add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead. Let the bead dry (I moved the bead along the skewer a few times while it was drying to make sure it didn't get stuck).

Now you can use these beads to make a bracelet, or you can mix them with other beads. I think they would look especially cute as a part of a hemp friendship bracelet.


  1. Those are very nice...the only limit on color is the origin of the

  2. So cute! Thank you for the tut!

  3. Jeepers! that is great stuff since I am a bracelet aficionado, well I am hoping to be...

  4. wow, they look like tiny spools of thread! :)

  5. Wow! I really need to start saving my thread ends that are too small to save.

  6. Have you ever tried crochet cotton thread? I plan to try that one of these days when 1 or 2 of the grandkids are here. thanks for the idea.

  7. I like the bracelets very much! I just wonder what could I use instead of mod podge!
    And the last turquoise beads are marvellous.

  8. What a neat idea! I can't wait to try this out. I have so much left over floss and this would be a great (and colorful) way to burn it out!

  9. What a great idea! My 12 year old like to bead, and makes all kinds of jewelry. I have so much left over embroidery thread that I've been looking for something to do with. Now we both can benefit from this. Thank you!


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