Denim paper beads

I had recently teased my friend Joyce, a former Girl Scout leader, about the fact that she had never made paper beads with her troop - it was one of my favorite recycling crafts ever.  So, when she came over this afternoon, I was cutting Seventeen magazine into strips and had glue and toothpicks out, and we rolled and rolled and rolled.  After a few hours, she asked, "Are we going to do anything with these beads?"

I went into my dungeon (my craft supplies are in the basement) and grabbed some wire, beads, and toggles, and we set to making jewelry with our new paper beads.  Joyce found some pink disk beads made from seashells that I had in my stash, and made a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and two sandwiches for our lunch in the time it took me to compose my little necklace here.
The predominant blue color in the beads come from the blue jeans advertisement they were before I cut them.  The antiqued silver spacers and toggle and pale blue crystals will ake this perfect for wearing with jeans, I think.


Juliet Arrighi


Niki said...

Very pretty, you inspire me to try some paper beads. It's been a long time since I was a Girl Scout!

Vicky said...

Honest?! I first saw the picture and thought "oh someone's strung some beads together" LOL!! I do appreciate jewellery, really!! But you made these beads? from paper? - WOW AMAZING!!!!

Thanks for joining us at Paper Crafting Journey

hugs Vicky xxx

Myrna said...

Very pretty and on top of that you had a great time with your friend !!! Gotta love that.

Tammy said...

My girlfriend in high school used to make paper beads all the time--they were were cool then, and I see they're gaining popularity again in the papercrafting world. You're right--this one will look great with jeans!
Thanks for playing with us at LRW!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- I have made paper beads for crafting, but never for jewelry- Love this set. You are right- this will look great with your jeans!

Romaine said...

This turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us at MTME pretty palette!

Liliya said...

Fabulous necklace!! I always loved these! Thank you for joining Robyn's Fetish Challenge! xx Lilia

Lisa Kind said...

Oh my! This is fabulous! I've never made beads and I love that you used an advertisement for some of them! Very clever! Thanks for playing our Pretty Palette challenge!

Ivette Melzer said...

Your beads are gorgeous! I hope you have been wearing them. You're sure to get lots of compliments.