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Free Printable: Make Paper Beads For Handmade Holidays

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Have you ever made your own paper beads? I never have until yesterday. What a neat project! It was very simple and my 10 year old was really intrigued with the process so, I would say it's a great project to do with kids. I created two free printables for the beads shown that you may to download and use (links below), but you may also re-purpose magazines, book pages or any paper bits you may have lying around.

Materials:
Paper
Scissors
Bamboo Skewer or Toothpicks
Mod Podge
Paint Brush


Download and print the paper bead template of choice, Christmas Stripe or Snowflake.


Each printed sheet makes 10 beads. Cut out paper triangles from the paper bead template. Brush the back side of the paper triangle with a bit of Mod Podge starting about an inch or so from the widest point toward the narrower end of the triangle. 


Now, wrap your triangle round the bamboo skewer. Start at the widest part. Roll it up, and it will start to take on an oval shape. It’s okay if the Mod Podge squeezes out a bit as you'll coat them all at the end anyway.


I left the finished beads on the skewer and kept rolling new beads until I filled the skewer. When they are all rolled, give the beads a final coat of Mod Podge to seal them taking care not to glue to the bead to the skewer. Slide them off the skewer, and allow the bead to dry. If using toothpicks instead, you would be able to roll one bead per toothpick.

When the beads are dry, you can string them into jewelry!



 Download each paper bead template with the the link below. 



Happy Handmade Gift Making!

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Kristen Fagan is a multi-passionate creative and a graphic designer for Soft Flex Company.
Her favorite stone is Turquoise and she can't bead without Bead Stoppers. Learn more about Kristen and her creative passions online at KristenFagan.com.  You may write to her at Kristen@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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