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How to Make a Custom Colored Paper Beads

Make your own custom paper beads using our free paper bead template. The finished beads are ideal for making jewelry such as earrings and pendants. All you require is:

  • Free printable paper bead template
  • Adhesive (glue sticks will work fine for this project)
  • Marker pens
  • Sealer (something like Mod Podge  or even a clear nail enamel will do well to protect the finished beads from moisture)
  • Embellishments such as glitter glue or stick on jewels
  • Wooden cocktail stick (or thin knitting needle or similar)
  • Scissors

These paper beads are quick and easy to make and are a great family project.

How to Make Custom Paper Beads

First download the paper bead template. Unzip the files and print the template onto plain white paper

Step One – Color the Beads

Color the beads. As you are going to be cutting around the edge of the template, you don’t need to worry too much about keeping within the lines. The outer part will be cut away and the white inner center will be hidden:


Step Two – Cut the beads shape from the template

Cut around the bead template shapes:


Step Three – Roll the beads!

Now it’s time to roll the beads! Hold the bottom of the bead template (the wider part) along the cocktail stick or thin knitting needle and then carefully roll the paper bead template around until it is completely wound. You may need to adjust it slightly so the bead is symmetrical. Add a dab of glue to the end of the bead to secure it in place:


Step Four – Finish the bead

When the bead is fully secure you can add further decor to make the bead stand out. Here I am adding some dots of glitter glue, however highlighting some areas with a gel pen, adding some stick on jewels etc are all ways to add further dimension and interest to the finished bead:



Leave the finished beads to one side to dry. Now it’s time to seal the beads. This is optional, however if you don’t seal the beads, they will be susceptible to the damp and may go soggy r the color may run. Sealing the beads also makes them more robust. To do this, just paint on a layer or two of sealer and wait for it to dry.

It’s as simple as that! Make the finished beads into jewelry or use as embellishments for other projects.

I’ll love to see what you do with this template. If you do make these beads, send me a photo so I can see how they end up!

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