Save paper with interesting prints or colors and turn them into paper bead necklaces and bracelets. Best of all, this project doesn’t cost a dime.
Possible variations: Once you have the basic steps
down, you can get creative. Vary the sizes of your triangles to
make beads of different sizes. Make your own custom beads by
decorating the paper with stamps or other original artwork. Mix
store-bought beads in with your paper beads to create some visual
interest. For a more professional look, cover your paper beads with
paper glaze or Mod Podge to create a hard, glossy finish and make
them more durable (follow the directions on these products to
achieve the right results). Paper beads can also be used to make
items such as garlands to decorate a Christmas tree.
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