Here is a super fun activity for a Summertime Camp, party or sleepover – a necklace made from paper beads. You can use old magazines, or dcraps of scrapbook paper. This is a great activity to do with your kids, or pre-cut the shapes for them and leave them to it!
First, using a sharp knife or scissors, cut your paper to the shapes shown below. I like to cut a template from an old cereal box and then draw multiple images by tracing onto scrapbook paper lightly with a pencil. Then use a knife or scissors to cut out (your kids may be able to do this depending on age – but you DO need to be reasonably accurate).
Using a cocktail stick, wrap the wide end of each strip around tightly and secure using a tiny spot of glue (I used Tombow liquid glue which holds and dries in a couple of seconds).
Keep on rolling the paper into a bead shape using the occasional spot of glue until you reach the end – and you are done! You can see below several examples of each bead – you don’t have to worry at all about them all looking identical – they won’t!
I then gave my beads a coat of Glossy Mod Podge for extra shine and protection – but even without that the beads are pretty solid. Remember – they ARE paper though – and won’t really tolerate getting wet! You can then thread them onto string or elastic – they look really great with some plain acrylic beads separating them – especially in these bright colors.
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