Monday, July 6, 2009

How To Make a Bead Bracelet From Magazine Pages

The kiddos and I spent our Fourth of July doing crafts together. My daughter's choice was a bracelet comprised of homemade beads. The beads are made from magazine pages and helped to make a very cute and unique bracelet.

The idea come from a Family Fun magazine, and here is how we made it:

Supplies needed: cardboard or file folder, ruler, old catalogs and magazines, wooden skewers, glue or glue stick, Mod Podge Sparkle, paintbrush, 6 feet of clear elastic cord.

1. Cut a template from cardboard or a file folder of a triangle with a 1-inch base 6-inch height.

Use the template to cut 30 to 35 triangles from colorful magazine and catalog pages.

2. To make a bead, tightly roll one triangle (base to point) around a skewer, then glue down its tip. Leave the bead on the skewer and roll one beside it.

When the skewer is full and the beads are dry, slide them off of the stick. Brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge Sparkle and let the beads dry.

3. To assemble the bracelet, thread one bead onto the center of 6 feet of clear elastic cord. Add the next bead, threading one end of the elastic through each end of the bead. Pull the elastic tight. Continue adding beads in this way, tightening and straightening them as you go, until the bracelet is long enough to stretch around your child's wrist. Feed the remaining lengths of elastic back through the first bead, then knot them multiple times and trim.

The result is a cute, unique bracelet made from scratch!


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Awesome! I saw that idea in Family Fun. I used to make something similar in junior high...and we hot glued extra rolls to barrettes (those spring type-opening ones) to make matching accessories!

Love Being a Nonny said...

I love Family daughter gets it!! You guys are so crafty. C. is lucky to have you for a mom!

Tonja said...

What a neat idea! I have done this with kids before and it is amazing how good it looks. I think your model is gorgeous, by the way!
Here is another idea...if you don't think it will gross you out!
Cut small bead sized shapes out of potatoes. Skewer them on to a skewer (what else?).Make them a little bigger than you wwant them to be because they will shrink as they dry. Set them aside and let them dry well. They will end up with some funny shapes. After they are fully dried, paint them with turquoise pain...then sponge a little black and brown paint on them. Let them dry...then coat inside and out with Mod Podge. Let dry, then string! Faux Turquoise! NOTE: be sure to turn the beads daily while drying so the hole will remain open and they will not stick to the skewer. No one will ever believe they are potatoes! Let me know if you do it!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Tagged you on my post today.