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Paper Beads You Can Make in Minutes!

Learn how to make paper beads with scraps of paper and Mod Podge! This is SO easy – even for kids – and you can use for bracelets and necklaces. Paper jewelry making is really fun!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, these are really easy to make. You’ll be cutting paper and using Mod Podge, along with basic jewelry making if you so choose.

Paper bead jewelry

I’m not sure what the challenges are in your life, but I hope one of them is what to do with your leftover scraps of craft paper. Because if that does happen to be one of your challenges, I have the perfect fashion craft for you – paper beads.

The process is easy to follow and you can have a new necklace, bracelet, or whatever other jewelry piece you like that uses beads in minutes. Not only can you use paper, but you can use junk mail, magazines, catalogs . . . the possibilities are endless.

This is one of those easy crafts for adults you’re going to get try and won’t want to stop. Honestly it’s also an easy craft for kids, boredom buster, or craft for teens to try as well. Trust me on this!

Tips for Making Paper Beads

Once you try this fun craft you’ll be hooked! Before we dive in, let’s answer a few frequently asked questions. If you’re new to this, you’ll want to read on. If you’re interested in the how-to, scroll down!

Making paper beads

What is a paper bead?

It’s exactly what it sounds like – a bead made of paper! My first thought was, okay are these real beads? What happens if you want to make a bracelet or necklace?

I assure you, you’ll be surprised at how sturdy a paper bead is.

There’s a secret for making them even more sturdy, which I’ll share with you in the tutorial as you read on. I promise these are real beads, and they can be used for jewelry making, and they last!

How do you make easy paper beads?

The secret to these simple beads is not really a secret – you’re going to be rolling paper. I wish that it was more like KFC’s Original Recipe, but it’s not.

The process is simply to cut paper triangles (really long ones), roll them up, and seal with Mod Podge. It’s just that easy.

DIY paper beads on a bracelet

What paper can I use?

I’ve seen these made from scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, magazine pages, wallpaper, and more. You can even use fabric. I recommend avoiding really thin papers, like tissue paper. They just won’t be sturdy enough.

How do I cut the paper?

You can use scissors to cut your beads, but I recommend a craft knife and mat with a metal ruler. It’s just way easier to get straight cuts, in my opinion. It’s not *that* important that the edges are neat, but it does make the finished project look nicer.

Paper bead bracelets

How do you make paper beads shiny?

That, my friends, is where the magic happens. You’ll use Mod Podge to seal your beads. If you want to make them extra shiny, use Super Gloss Mod Podge or a high gloss spray sealer.

Scrapbook paper, craft glue, Mod Podge, coffee stirrers, ruler, craft knife, tape, and a pencil

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Tips and Thoughts for This Project

The only choice you really have to make is if you’re going to use a cocktail straw or a bamboo skewer to roll your beads. My perspective: the cocktail straw gives the beads a bit more rigidity.

Having said that, you don’t always have straws on hand. In which case, you can use a bamboo skewer and just remove the bead before it dries.

How to make paper beads

Get the printable how to card for this project below:

Yield: 8 beads

Paper Beads

Making paper beads

Learn how to make paper beads the easy way, with Mod Podge! Great for jewelry making.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Dry Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Paper scraps
  • Cocktail straws or bamboo skewers
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Scotch tape (optional)


  • Craft knife and mat
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Measure a strip of paper approximately 3/4 inches wide and 12 inches long. Cut out with a craft knife or scissors.Measure and cut scrapbook paper
  2. Measure halfway across the paper at one end and make a pencil mark.
  3. At the other end of the paper, place your ruler and measure from that end to the midpoint. Trim with a craft knife. Repeat on the other side. You'll notice you just cut out a very long triangle. One of the ends will be 3/4" wide, and the other end will be a tip. You'll start rolling from the wide end.Cut triangular strips of paper
  4. Place a piece of tape at the long end of the triangle. Place a cocktail straw on the tape.A paper triangle with dabs of glue
  5. Add several dabs of craft glue down the length of the paper strip and start rolling your bead, from the long end toward the point.Rolling the strips up using the coffee stirrer
  6. Once the bead is rolled, smooth with your fingers to make sure the end is secure. Let dry, then trim the ends of the cocktail straw with scissors. Repeat until you have the desired amount of beads.Trim the straw on both ends
  7. Paint the beads with several coats of Mod Podge, allowing to dry between coats. Let dry completely before stringing.Seal paper beads with Mod Podge


These beads can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes. I found one large sheet of scrapbook paper made about eight beads. Experiment and have fun!

Did You Make This Project?

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Would you try this beginner project? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other fun and simple craft ideas to make at home:

Marcelo Luna

Sunday 14th of April 2024



Monday 4th of March 2024

Was that a silicone straw that you would use for kids? Does it slip out?


Monday 4th of March 2024

It's a plastic stir straw like for stirring coffee. You can also use a BBQ skewer and it slips out. Don't tape the paper to the skewer. I tape it to the coffee stirrer so I can string the beads easily :D


Thursday 22nd of February 2024

Is it necessary to trim the straws before applying the mod podge? Can I cut them after?


Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

Roughly how long do they take to dry? Consider as a camp project. Thanks!


Thursday 4th of January 2024

Probably 20 - 30 minutes if people don't use too much Mod Podge. If the kids slather the Mod Podge on, maybe an hour? You can use a hair dryer to speed up Mod Podge drying.


Friday 15th of December 2023

I remember making these as a very young girl, I’m 83 my grandmother taught me how to make them😘

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