Paper Beads

Paper Beads

Certainly we're big on beads in our house. While there are a variety of ways to make paper beads, these are simple enough for even young ones to enjoy!

4 - 9
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. paper
  2. glue
  3. a straw
  4. decorative edge scissors
  5. string
  1. Only one straw will do if you use a glue stick instead of liquid glue. And they'll be ready for play much sooner!

  2. Madeleine and her visiting friend sang "Yes!" when I asked them if they'd like to make paper beads. First they folded the paper over a bit, and cut the straight line down the paper.

  3. I showed them how to fold the paper over the straw, showing them that the straw's space would remain without glue, and would make a rounded place for the string.

  4. They ran the glue stick down the very edge of one side of the paper, and leaving the straw in there for form, pressed the other side of the paper to the paste.

  5. We then pushed the straw out of the paper with another straw, and the girls began cutting them into different shapes. Oh, a chance to use the fancy scissors! How wonderful!

  6. "Oooh, Maddie--look at this one!" "Oh, it's beautiful! I'm going to make one like that, too!"

  7. Stringing them up....

  8. There! All done. Aren't they gorgeous! Some for a necklace, some for animal friends, and some for hanging a swag! Fabulous.