A Dollar Bead

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 in Paper Bead Creations | 2 comments

Today, my step-son Alec is graduating from 8th grade, I wanted to give him something thoughtful and fun for a teenager.  In my free time (when I’m not making paper beads and videos about paper beads :), I am on youtube  looking at craft ideas and demos.  Last night I stumbled upon Craftside’s How To Make Altered Paper Jewelry video, and I thought I had to share this with you.  This is a cool way of packaging your paper bead necklace or bracelet for gift giving.  In my case, I made a paper bead out of a twenty dollar bill. Jenn Mason author of Altered Paper Jewelry is going to show us how…….


here is the video, I had fun watching it last night, enjoy.

Instead of making the plastic tubing necklace (which I think is very cool), I thought it would be a nice way to give money as gift to someone instead of just stuffing it in a boring envelope.  As you know by now, I make paper beads out of anything.


I wish I had the double sided card stock, I just used a water color paper instead and tore out a page of an old dictionary with the word success.


On the blank page of the flap I wrote:  “This is actually a necklace which you can wear around your neck, in case of emergency please follow these steps: 1) Take the necklace off your neck 2) Get a hold of scissors or any sharp edge object 3) Cut the string 4) Slide the silver ring off the dollar bead 5) Unfold the twenty dollar bill and enjoy 🙂


Another day of turning the ordinary into extraordinary



  1. Was going through your archives and came across this. The timing couldn’t be better. Our grand daughter will be graduating soon. BTW, I LOVE this site!

  2. What a fantastic idea! Where were you when I was looking for a neat idea for my son, who also just graduated from 8th grade?? I could have used your brain!

    Jenn Mason is such a doll – there couldn’t be a nicer, more creative soul. I’m so glad you incorporated the video – love the whole post! xx