So, the kidlets are home from school today, bugging you for something to do, and you are hiding on the computer, catching up on blogs? Why not turn the computer off (after reading this, of course) and work on a junk mail craft together?
Paper bead making is a great craft for your little fashionista and is pretty simple to do. Using only junk mail, a toothpick and glue, this project is an easy way to get in a casual lesson on green living.
First, scour your junk mail pile and old magazines for colorful shiny paper to create your beads. The shiny varnished paper is pretty strong, brightly colored, and somewhat water proof. It is also more expensive to recycle, making it perfect for a project like this. Once your paper is selected, simply follow the following easy steps from HGTV:
1. Along the top edge of the paper, and starting 1-inch from the left side, place dots 1-inch apart.
2. Do the same on the bottom edge of the paper, but this time, draw the first dot 1/2-inch in from the left side.
3. Draw vertical lines between these dots to create long triangular strips, and cut them out.
4. Starting with the wide end of a strip, roll it tightly around a toothpick. Dab glue on the last 1/2-inch of the paper (the pointed end) to hold the coil in place.
5. Remove the toothpick.
6. Apply glaze over the bead (optional).
Junk Mail Paper Bead Tips:
- To make beads with a larger circumference, use longer strips of paper.
- Change the width of the strips to make wider or narrower beads.
- You can also use magazine covers and other slick papers to make beads. Even materials with some printing will do, since only the last inch or so of the bead is visible.
Don’t fret if your fingers grow tired of making junk mail beads, there are pre-made beads available at Junk Mail Gems, along with assembled necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Etsy seller Redbecca has a fun supply of handmade junk mail beads available too!
[Images credit: Creative Commons photo by Bernie Jersey]