Making paper beads is a fun and easy craft for kids that my 5 year old really enjoyed. Making paper beads can also be an eco-friendly craft if you use paper from your recycling bin instead of brand new paper to make the beads. I will share with you how to make rolled paper beads in three easy steps!
How To Make Rolled Paper Beads For Kids
Three Simple Steps to Making Paper Beads
1. First you draw skinny triangles on paper.
The long skinny paper triangles you draw will make rolled paper beads. There is no set rule on the exact size of the triangle but I would say have the base be about 3/4 of an inch and the length be about 6 inches. It works well if you have slightly thick paper. You can use construction paper and have solid beads of different colors or you can start with a patterned paper or white paper and let them color on different patterns. You can even use magazine paper to make shiny rolled paper beads.
2. Cut out paper triangles.
Here my daughter colored her patterns and cut out the triangles. The white triangles that were left were saved for solid color rolled paper beads. Look how hard she is concentrating on cutting straight lines. She really enjoyed learning how to make rolled paper beads!
Starting at the wide end, roll the triangles up. You can use a toothpick, chop stick, or pencil if it helps you. When you are about half way rolled, add a drop of glue and keep rolling. Then add one more drop of glue when you are almost to the tip and spread it towards the tip to hold the rolled paper beads shut.
You can string the rolled paper beads on a ribbon, or cord. We used an embroidery thread.
Making paper beads with kids can be an eco-friendly craft if you use old scrap paper or magazine pages to make the beads. Easy and fun! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make rolled paper beads with your kids and that you have even more fun making them.
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