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.






12 comments:

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

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  2. So cute! Thank you for the tut!

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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.
    Cecilia

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  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!

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  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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