Saturday, June 09, 2012

DIY: Paper Beads and Shell Charm/Keychain thing

This is the second post in the June Edition of RANDOM Magazine.

Hello :)))

Do you have best friends and want to give them a charm of friendship? Did you forget to buy someone a gift, don't have time to buy something, or would rather give them a homemade gift? Well today is your lucky day! 

I'm going to teach you how to make paper beads and a paper bead + shell charm. I made one of these for all the random girlies and they loved it ;)

Part 1. Paper Beads

What you need:

(Optional) A Ruler and  a Pen
Toothpick (or needle)
  1. Magazines
  2. Toothpick (or needle)
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue
  5. (Optional) Ruler
  6. (Optional) Pen
  7. (Optional) Varnish [Sorry no picture]

How to make it:

1. Look in a magazine for the colours/design you want. If you don't want to cut from magazines, coloured paper, wallpaper, and newspaper work just as well.
2. Choose the shape of bead you want and cut from the magazine. Here are the varieties:

You can choose if you want to cut it freehand or with a ruler and pen.
3. Start rolling the shape you cut out around the toothpick or needle, starting at the thick side. Put glue along the middle of the shape to keep the bead in place. 
4. Put varnish or excess glue around the bead to make it last long and add glaze. Leave it to dry for a day or 2.
5. Repeat to make as many beads as you want. 
6. Slide the beads of the toothpicks/needles.

Part 2. Paper bead + shell charm.

What you need:

Glue Gun

  1. Paper beads (credit to flickriver)
  2. String
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Paper Beads

How to make it:

1. Plug in the glue gun and let it heat a bit. In order for it to last longer and so you have time to stick it together, the glue should be hot.
2. Glue one side of the bead and place the pointy side of the shell there. To make it last even longer, glue around where the bead meets the shell.
3. Measure how long you want the string(make sure there is enough room to double knot it as well) and cut it. 
4. Glue the other side of the bead, fold the string in half, and place the rounded side of the string inside the bead. To make it last longer, glue around where the string meets the bead.
5. Double knot the string.
6. Repeat for all the beads.

Voila! You've just made a paper bead + shell charm!

Here is how it look when finished.

Thank you for reading :)
Love, Hannah...<3

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Emilie de Vogue said...

really cute xx

Shubhi said...

Thats a great DIY!:)

Take a peek at my blog:)

Shubhi's Revels!

Hannah said...

Thank you both :))

I'll be sure to check out your blogs :D

Love, Hannah...<3

Fasheauty said...

They;re so cool!
love them <3

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Minnie said...

Interesting idea :)
Thanks for your lovely comment,I follow you back Hannah

Shubhi said...

Its comments like yours that make blogging worthwhile:)

Love your blog too, keep up the good work!

Shubhi's Revels!

Sara Bow said...

Great DIY !!


Hanna & Christel said...



FashionLalalove said...

Hi girl!
Thans for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. It made me so happy.
I like your blog and I'm following you back now.

Katie said...

Ill be trying this out tomorrow(:

Hi, my name is Katie I am a new follower of your blog via GFC. I would love it if you could stop by sometime(: Can’t wait to see more of your posts!

Hannah said...

Thank you all SO much! We really appreciate comments and love reading every single one ;) <3

Suzie Q said...

What a great project. Those are so cute! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is lovely =)

Suzie Q