DIY Craft making beads out of old magazines
This is a wonderful craft for kids and adults. Take all those magazines you have been hoarding (you have read but just can’t give up yet) and lay them out. The more colorful the better. Turn your old magazines into beads.
The most important part in doing this project is choosing the pages to cut, and how you cut the triangles. There is a very unexpected element of seeing the design each triangle creates, but there are a few tips that will help make these beads look professional every single time.
- ModgePodge (glossy is my favorite for this project, but matte will work too)
- scrap piece of paper to prime the magazine strip with ModgePodge
- scrap towel to help keep your hands clean throughout the whole process
To start out, start flipping through your magazines and tear out pages that have colors you like. Do some with text and without, so you can experiment and see what your favorites are. Each page will be enough for about 10-15 beads.
Once you have some pages picked out, choose one and start there. You are going to cut triangles that look like this: (I have a pair of scissors next to them so you can compare size)
The bottom of your triangle will be how long your bead is going to be…here the first few bunches that I made with pieces of this size:
Grab your toothpick. This will help you roll each magazine triangle into an even looking bead. Plus you will have enough space to put wire or thread through the hole so you can create jewelry or home decor. Lay out your scrap piece of paper. Lay the magazine triangle on the scrap paper so you can do a pre-coating of ModgePodge on just the skinny half of the triangle. This will make rolling your bead SO much simpler without it unrolling on you.
Take the toothpick, and line it up with the bottom of your triangle, and start rolling the paper around the toothpick. Keep an eye on guiding the triangle and making sure it rolls up pretty straight. It is very easy to nudge it from side to side.
Once you have completed the roll, take a paint brush with ModgePodge and start brushing your final product. Then, scoot the bead off your toothpick (onto your scrap piece of paper) to allow to dry. You can always go back with your brush and apply more ModgePodge if needed. And that is it, you have now created your first bead out of old magazines! It will get easier with each one, and you will learn which types of pages and colors yield the results you are looking for.
I am still playing around with the beads and figuring out what I can create…I have added them to dreamcatchers, suncatchers, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. But, the opportunities are endless.
Hope you enjoy this tutorial, so please like, share, and comment (and upload pics with a link to YOUR creations) below.