Summer Camp: Paper Beads

Hi Everyone – Lowri from PaperVine here. PaperVine is a fun, crafty blog packed full of great papercrafting ideas and tutorials with the odd kids craft and cooking tip thrown in! I live on a vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand with my husband and three young children and I am thrilled to be a guest here at the Design Dazzle Summer Camp.

Here is a a fun activity for a Summertime Camp, party or sleepover – a necklace made from paper beads
Paper Bead Tutorial for an awesome summer craft!
First, using a sharp knife or scissors, cut your paper to the shapes shown below. I like to cut a 11.5″ 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).

Paper Bead Tutorial for an awesome summer craft!


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 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 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. I have used the Paradise Beach Collection from Echo Park Paper to make these – available here at or any scrapbook store.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial – please visit me at my blog – PaperVine where I have heaps of other tutorials and ideas for making fabulous things from paper!

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions

Lowri 🙂




Posted on July 10, 2012
Categories: creative ideas, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, summer camp, summer camp

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  1. susan says:
    July 10, 2012

    This is such a great blog post! Very good information! Appreciating the hard work you put into your site. It’s awesome blog.

  2. says:
    July 10, 2012

    Lowri – love this! Such a great tutorial! Who wouldn't love making these?!?
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carrie Pasfield says:
    July 16, 2012

    These look super! I am going to try these with my Girl Scouts. Thanks so much!

  4. Haley Cross says:
    August 14, 2013

    I LOVE your paper beads. I kept thinking I had to roll mine just perfect, but I love the look you got! I’m totally inspired to get some bright colored paper and give it a go… 🙂

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      August 15, 2013

      Paper beads can be easy to make but most importantly – have fun and enjoy yourself!

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