Recycled Paper Beads

Olivera Bratich
What you need to make recycled paper beads.

Summer is not quite here, but you can celebrate the season with this classic camp craft: recycled paper beads! String up the finished product to make fun, one-of-a-kind jewelry for yourself or a friend.

  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Liquid glue or sealer that dries clear (i.e. Elmer's, Mod Podge)
  • Toothpicks
  • Pin cushion or a piece of Styrofoam

Cut magazine pages into a long triangle that is about one-half to one-inch wide at the base and 8 inches long.

Dab a glue stick on the pointy end and about the top third of the triangle.

Starting at the base of the triangle, slowly roll it on a toothpick (younger kids can use something thicker, like a straw). Wrap it very tightly all the way to the pointy end.

Press down the pointy end and hold for 30 seconds to make sure the glue takes hold.

Apply a coat of the clear-drying liquid glue to the entire bead (if using school glue like Elmer's, thin slightly with water first).

Stick the toothpick into a pincushion or piece of Styrofoam and let dry for several hours.

Repeat to make as many beads as desired!

Variations: To make thinner beads, use shorter triangles with a one-inch base. Kids can draw their own patterns on blank paper triangles or paint or glitter the finished beads to add a creative touch!

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they're closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to or call 614-447-3445.