DIY Beads

It has been a while since I have posted a DIY project.  I made some concrete planters that I am thinking about posting but they didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.  Stay tuned for that post.  The project that I made today brings back wonderful memories with my grandmother.  She showed me how to do this about 20 years ago.  It is a great project to use all of those “to be recycled” magazines.  You might as well use parts of it for these beautiful beads.


What you will need


X-acto knife

Straight Edge



Pick pages from the magazine that have colors you want in your beads.  I wanted muted colors so I picked pages to reflect that.  Another tip is using sturdy pages.  The front or back covers of magazines are ideal.

Cut them into long narrow triangles using the x-acto knife and straight edge.

Using the toothpick start wrapping the wide end of the triangle snug against the toothpick.  I wrapped it around 3 or 4 times before I removed the toothpick and continued twisting with my fingers.  Once you are to the end of the narrow part, put a dot of glue and hold for a moment so it doesn’t unravel.

It probably takes me about a minute to make one bead.  It is so worth it.  Look how beautiful they turned out.  You can use these beads in jewelery or even string them together using ribbons and make garland.  You can pick colors that go with whatever holiday you wish.  Red and Green for Christmas or pastels for Easter.  You can also use scrapbook paper because it has a thickness that is perfect for this project.