Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures
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Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet

Looking for a fun craft to make with your kids this weekend? Why not try these cute paper bead friendship bracelets. They are super easy to make and look great too! Not only do they make a great gift for your bff, but they are a sweet present for Mother’s Day, and can be added to an Easter basket or Christmas stocking. All you need is patterned paper and some glue. Let’s get rolling…

To make your paper bead friendship bracelet you will need the following craft supplies:

Supplies

  • Patterned paper
  • Ribbon, embroidery floss or elastic thread
  • Skewer
  • Grey lead pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tapestry needle

Step 1

To make your paper beads choose a fun patterned or colour paper. Magazines or old book pages work great too. You might even like to colour or paint your own pattern on white paper.

Step 2

To make your paper beads, you will need to cut lots of long triangle shaped strips of paper. My bracelets used 10 paper beads, you may need more or less depending on your desired size.

I used an A4 sheet of patterned paper, and it turned it over to show the back of the paper. I then measured 2cm intervals along the bottom of the paper, marking each interval (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.). Along the top of the paper I marked the paper at 2cm intervals starting at 1cm (1, 3, 5, 7, 9 etc.). I then ruled a line from the bottom mark to the top, creating a triangle pattern. If you would like bigger or smaller beads just change the triangle sizes accordingly. For example a 3cm bead would be marked at intervals of 3, 6, 9, 12 along the bottom of the paper and 1.5, 4.5, 7.5 along the top.

Step 3

Once you have finished ruling up your triangles, it’s time to cut them out.

Step 4

Time to start rolling! Place your paper strip face down and grab a skewer from the kitchen, (a thin paintbrush handle or toothpick will work great too!) and place at the end of the strip of paper.

Step 5

Using a glue stick, apply glue to the back of your paper strip from just above the skewer to the very tip of the triangle.

Step 6

Roll your paper tightly around the skewer. Keep going until you reach the very end. It can be a little tricky to get the rolling started, but gets easier with practice. You might find it easier to roll on the surface of the table or by holding it in your hands in the air. Whatever works best for you!

When you get to the half way point, your bead should look similar to the one below.

Great job! You’ve finished your first bead. Doesn’t it look pretty…

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

Time to roll some more beads… Once you have finished rolling your beads, you might like to apply a coat of white glue or modge podge to the outside of your beads, to make them a little more hard wearing. Or, a coat of clear varnish will help to make them water resistant.

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

Step 7

Let’s make a bracelet! Thread your pretty little beads onto a length of ribbon, or you might like to use elastic thread, so the bracelet is easy to slip on and off. I found it easier to use a tapestry need to thread the beads onto the ribbon. I used 10 beads to make my bracelet.

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures
Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

Step 8

Finish your bracelet with a bow or keep it simple with a knot. If your ribbon ends are fraying, singe the ends lightly with a lighter or match.

Doesn’t the bracelet look great! It’s amazing what you can make with a strip of paper.

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

Here’s another bracelet I made with a different sheet of patterned paper.

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

And one my daughter made for her best friend. I just love it!

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

These paper bead friendship bracelets are such a fun gift to make and share with your loved ones. We hope you have as much fun making yours, as my daughter and I did. Happy crafting!

Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures
Paper Bead Friendship Bracelet | A Few Small Adventures

Looking for a lovely companion picture book to read with this craft? Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville, features a special bracelet just like the ones we made. Unfortunately ours is made from paper and wouldn’t survive a dip in the sea.

“While Milla’s friends take big, brave jumps off the jetty, Milla stays on the blistering wood, scared of what lurks below. But when Milla accidentally falls off the edge, she discovers the beauty of the deep, dark sea – and her summer changes forever.”

Or if you are looking for more fun craft activities to make this weekend, why not try one of these: Paper Lantern Craft | Pop-up Doll Puppets | DIY Book Bug Bookmarks

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