Making these earrings was so much fun! Why? I made the beads from paper.
Pretty cool, right?
You can make them too! You could use old photographs, magazines, scrapbook paper… anything you have around the house.
Take what you have and upcycle it. Upcycled crafts are the best kind.
Materials needed to make paper beaded earrings
- Paper clip
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Earring wire
- Earring hooks
- Round-nosed pliers
- Clear nail polish (optional)
Step 1: cut the paper
Cut your paper into a long triangle.
I used 12×12 paper but you can use whatever you want.
Step 2: glue and roll
Brush on a little bit of Mod Podge to the larger end of the paper. Then begin to roll up the edge toward the smaller end. Roll tightly.
Continue to glue and roll until you run out of paper.
You should have a bead that looks similar to mine in the image above.
Step 3: seal the paper
Unfold your paper clip leaving one end slightly bent.
Slide your new bead onto it.
Brush two layers of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead to seal it.
Let it dry.
Step 4: glossy finish (optional)
You don’t have to participate in this step, but I think it adds an extra pop to the beads.
While your bead is still on the paper clip, paint on a layer of clear nail polish.
Let it dry.
Step 5: add the wire
Place the earring wire (with the flat end at the bottom) up through the bead and create a loop at the very top.
You can add any other accents during this step as well. I chose to put a small metal bead at the bottom.
Step 6: add earring hooks
Add the earring hooks to the wire loop and you’re finished.
They’re likely not going to look exactly the same, but they’re pretty close.
As you can see in my example, I wrapped one bead (left) tighter than the other. I like the look of that one better. I suppose that will come with practice.
I’ve seen these types of earrings at craft fairs all over the place and had to try to make some myself. Since they’re upcycled, i love them even more.
Let me know what you think.