A Very “Corny” Craft!

Hi friends! I have a fun paper bead craft for you tonight!

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All you need are some scraps of paper in yellow, white and orange and some glue. You can glaze the candy corn beads with embossing powder like I did in the video, leave them plain or give them a coat of sealer. Watch the video to see how to make them!

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If you like this project I’d love it if you pinned on Pintrest or share it on Facebook. It really helps my tutorials make the rounds and I appreciate it so much! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Almost Instant Jewelry!

Hi friends! I got a chance to try out the snap on jewelry components and European style beads and bracelets from PandaHall. They are a quick and easy way to make quick and fun earrings, bracelets and other fashionable items but being a DIY girl I wanted to see how I could make them work with some paper beads. I have the tendency to go on a bead making spree and them put them in a box never to be used. I thought this would be the perfect project for them because if I change my mind it is easy to take the almost instant jewelry apart and make something else with it!

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Watch this quick video to see how I made these!

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Here are the specific products I used:

I have to mention that this is the only time I have tried decorative snaps for jewelry making so I do not know if they will stay snapped tight forever, you can unsnap them (like a shirt) but I do  not know how much wear and tear they can take before becoming loose. Also the snaps come in different sizes (the ones on the earrings were smaller than the bracelet) so make sure you are buying the right size snaps for your project.

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If the glitzy faceted beads I used are not your thing you should check out the beautiful lampwork and gemstone large holed beads that are really affordable.

I know many of you have been frustrated with the shipping costs at PandaHall so I am happy to report that they opened up a USA Amazon and UK Amazon store so you can order their most popular items and get free shipping! Thanks to PandaHall for sponsoring this post, thank YOU for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheap Beads You can Make!

Hi Friends! I have like 6 minutes of battery life left on my computer so let’s get to this fun craft using leftover book pages from our book safe project. Paper beads, and really, they are not cheap, they are free, woohoo! Use these with regular beads to make one of a kind jewelry!

Here are some other old book crafts:

Book Safe (great gift idea especially if stuffed with cash!)

Painted book pages!

Book page cards!

Happy crafting!

 

An idea for those “not so great” watercolors!

Hi Friends! A couple of weeks ago I was trying to make a cool watercolor background for this art journal page. The more I did to it the worse it looked and by the time I was done I had used so many mediums on it that I hated to throw it away and waste the color. So rather than toss it I made paper beads! Watch the video to see how:

I had a similar thing happen yesterday, I was trying to paint a tulip because it was a viewer request and I just was not happy with the way it turned out, I painted that darn flower 4 times before I liked it! I asked my friends on the Frugalcrafter facebook page what they did with bad watercolor paintings and their ideas were inspired, you can see what they said here. I think the best advice was to wait and look at the painting later and when I did I actually liked them. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

Christmas Tree Paper Bead Earrings!

Hello Friends! I am in the holiday mood! I have been picking away at my Christmas shopping online and making stuff to sell at the craft fair in December. I was making some paper beads earlier this fall and they were coming out cone shaped and I thought that it would be great to make in green for Christmas Trees!  What do you think?

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I had some leftover paper strips so I made some more of my  Pandora Style Paper Beads too. I love the glassy look I get from the UTEE. Here is a video showing how to make the earrings.

And yes, you can make these to sell with my full permission! 😀 I think these lightweight earrings are perfect for children to wear as well as teacher gifts. If you don’t have UTEE you can use clear nail polish or Mod-Podge to glaze them. that way the kids could make these without worrying about burns.  I hope this project helps you get into the holiday spirit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rainbow Beads & Free Paper Bead Generator!

Happy Saturday folks! I found a really cool website all about paper beadmaking this week and on it there was a paper bead designer page where you could pick the size and type of bead you want to make and print out the sheet of bead strips for free! Here is what I made with the rainbow texture:

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Neat huh? It took a little getting used to. At first it would only print two strips then I changed the settings to make a bead 1 1/8″ wide and for bead type I chose “all over design” and I got nice rectangle bands of color. I cut the strips corner to corner to make a taper. Normally if you roll a strip like that you get a bell shape but you can get an even taper in the center if you trim the wide end of the paper so each of the side angles are equal or just compensate by centering the taper as you roll. No need to make it complicated! I used mod podge to glaze the beads and it worked very well. I was worried that my printer ink would smear (it is an ink jet) but the mod-podge was thick enough to keep the ink from running. I did notice a purple/gray tint to my brush once in a while so I wiped it on a paper towel and kept on podgein’!

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I use paraffin wax coated toothpicks to glaze my beads on, the wax keeps the mod-podge from gluing the bead to the toothpick. I stick the pics in Styrofoam to keep the beads from touching anything as they dry. Last weekend I went on a paper bead binge, look I filled my bottle with beads! I was very proud of myself! 🙂

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It was a small bottle but still, there is probably 400 beads in there! Now I have a lot of beads to varnish, that’s OK tho, It is a nice chill-out task I can do in front of the TV, much like making the beads, heck who needs relaxation medication? Let’s all make paper beads! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Review: Green Creativity Paper Bead Roller {and tutorial!}

Happy Saturday folks!  I was excited to log into my blog this evening and see that I now have 2000 email subscribers! There is a little box over on the left if you want to sign up, that way you receive an email each time I write a post…I know it sounds annoying but apparently people seem to dig it. I’m going to relish this moment before my readers come to their senses and unsubscribe LOL! After that ego affirming tidbit I decided to check out my YouTube channel and I have 9,921 subscribers, boy, it sure would be cool to have an even 10,000…only 79 to go {hint-hint, nudge-nudge, wink-wink} no pressure or anything hahahaha! Speaking of videos I did a quick video on using the paper bead roller my daughter got for her birthday {from my awesome husband!} We have had so much fun with this thing! Of course you don’t need a contraption to make beads but boy is it fun!

You want one now, don’t you? Hubby bought it a Target in the toy area where the board games are, it was $10. Some youtube viewers said it was more on amazon so you might want to check around. I love the fact that it attaches to a bottle for ease of use and storage of beads. I washed and dried several soda bottles so everyone can have a bead bottle going, the coffee table in the living room is covered with paper strips, glue and bottles of beads. Hello weekend! I hope you are having fun this weekend making beads, apple picking or watching football, it’s all good. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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