Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings
“Tutorial for DIY Statement Necklace” by Clare of Etsy
- Corrugated paper
- Optional -markers or spray paint
Before you get started: When it comes to paper beads, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether you choose to create simple, straightforward tube beads or more complex shapes, the bead width will be determined by the base width of the shape; the thickness will depend on the length of the shape.
Create simple tube beads using a rectangle shape:
Or make more complex shapes using different-sized triangles:
You can also experiment with added color and design using spray paint or markers. Tip: Focus your designs on the edges of the shapes you create, as only the outermost edges of the paper will be visible once rolled into a bead.
Once you’ve decided on the types of beads you’d like to make, use a ruler to draw the bead’s shape (triangle or rectangle) on the flat side of your corrugated paper. For this demo, I am using a triangle shape that has a 3-inch base and is 12 inches long.
Use a paintbrush to apply glue to the back (flat side) of your cutout. Be sure to leave about an inch of space unglued at the base of your shape so it doesn’t stick to your pencil in the next step.
Starting at the unglued base of your shape, roll the paper around a pencil. Go slowly to make sure that the glue binds the paper as you roll.
Optional: Once you finish rolling the paper around the pencil, apply a light coat of glue to the outside of your finished bead. (This will help protect it from the elements and make it stronger.) Leave the bead on the pencil to dry.
String your finished bead onto the cord of your choice; use colored or patterned cording to add a little something extra. Continue experimenting with shapes and bead-making until you have a full necklace (or three!).