I love to be able to make things myself, it’s creative and original and this time also very good for the environment. Recycling can be a lot of fun, as well as it saves a lot of money. For this bracelet you don’t really need a lot of things, you probably already have the materials laying around somewhere at home. I had anyway, so I didn’t need to buy anything and still make something nice!
This bracelet is made out of an old magazine and some cord I found in a dusty closet. I did this with my 5th grade students and they loved it! It’s so easy, fast and fun.
- What do you need:
- Old catalogs and magazines
- (elastic) cord / string
- Glue stick
- Clear nailpolish?
- How to make it:
- Cut out 3/4″ wide strips of old magazines, 1/2 the page length. The width you can change according to how long you want your beads to be. My bracelet needed 14 strips, but I have very small writsts you you might need more. I used pages that had mostly yellow, black and orange in there, but you can do it with any colors.
- To make a bead, tightly roll one triangle (base to point) around the toothpick. I used two toothpicks at the same time to get a bigger hole in the middle, since my cord was pretty thick and you need two pieces of cord go through the bead. Glue the end of the strips. Take the bead off the tookthpicks and let it dry while you continue on making the other beads. I didn’t have anything to cover the beads, but you can use clear nailpolish to make them waterproof and strong.
- Thread the first bead onto the center of the cord. Take one side of the cord to thread the next bead, and then take the other side of the cord and pull it through the bead, making a cross in the middle (inside) of the bead. Continue adding beads in this way, tightening and straightening them as you go, until the bracelet is long enough to stretch around your wrist.
The video below shows clearly how to make awesome paper beads, they’re a bit smaller than the ones I used for my bracelet, but like I said, you can make them as wide as you like!!
Lots of love,smiles and happiness,