Other Crafts & Crafty People

Paper Bead Flower Bib By: Gail

Posted on May 31, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 1 comment

Gail Guillory is one of our local avid beaders, who also just recently discovered paper beads.  She loves the different colors and how you can just make it like any other bead but even more special.


Gail was kind enough to let us feature her Flower Bib that she made to wear at the Pasadena Bead Show last August.


She was inspired by a pattern from off the cover of Bead & Button Magazine that she knew would look amazing using paper beads. So she put together her own version of the necklace, using bright pinks and beautiful purples.


We LOVE her creation & we LOVE sharing new ideas and designs, so feel free to send us anything you have made using paper beads 🙂

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Recycled Soda Bottles

Posted on May 27, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 2 comments

Here’s another great way to recycle soda bottles, cut and shape them into trees!  I was amazed when I saw this sitting at a friend’s desk, he told me that his son brought it back with him from a recent visit to the Philippines.  I thought, what a neat way to recycle those plastic soda bottles.  It is meticulously cut with scissors I gather, and designed into a bonsai tree or a Christmas tree complete with bird flying over a branch.  He agreed to lend them to me for picture taking, so here it is…


The base can be a receptacle for paper clips or coins, to hang your jewelry with.


This one is a nice blue color, I think from an RC soda bottle.


I especially like this one shaped like a bonsai tree.


Another day of turning the ordinary to extraordinary!


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MissWooGoo’s Paper Beads

Posted on May 26, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 11 comments

Every now and then, I would like to share with you fellow paper bead enthusiasts that I met through Etsy – the place for all things hand made just in case you haven’t heard of etsy yet 🙂  Shelly Rhodes aka MissWooGoo.  Her etsy shop is full of really nice paper beads each one of them is Shelly’s creations.  She shares with us, how she got hooked on making paper beads like so many of us, and how she makes them!  I especially like the Pepsi Paper Beads made out of pepsi cartons.


Shelly gives credit to her mom in her discovering paper beads, in her own words:

“My mom mentioned to me that she had seen a receptionist wearing a necklace that looked like really pretty stones she had never seen before. When asked, the receptionist said that her necklace was made of paper beads. I thought “Wow, that would be neat to do!” and the rest is history!”


“My work area is simply a small kitchen table that I use to cut out, roll, and glue the beads. I mainly concentrate on inch and ½ inch beads, although I am going to give ¼ inch beads a go I think. I use toothpicks to roll the beads, although the bead rollers do intrigue me, and one may very well be in my future! The glue I use is simply Elmer’s regular glue, not the school glue. This holds really well for me, is inexpensive, and gives good results. Almost all of my beads are made from upcycled magazine pages. I am lucky in that the local library generally has a really good selection of the better magazines (I like the thickness of the paper better than the cheaper magazines) that they give away for free in the foyer. So by the time the bead reaches the customer, it has been reused twice. Once by the reader of the magazine, and once by myself using it to make beads. It makes me feel good to know that I am supporting a craft that is kind to the earth, as well as beautiful to look at.”  Amen to that!

work surface with work supplies

Shelly is so right!  Investment is minimal and it provides hours of enjoyment!

work surface with finished beads

“I coat all of my beads in two layers of polyacrylic varnish. I use polyacrylic because I have to do the coating inside (one of the bad points of living in apartments) and with polyacrylic there are no odors to deal with, so ventilation is not a problem. I string all the beads, and generally dip 6 strings at a time and let them drip dry. I have found that if I make sure the first layer of varnish is completely dry before I dip it a second time, I have better luck with coverage and also with the holes not clogging up.”


“After the beads are dried, they are sorted by color and each one is checked to make sure that the bead hole is open and able to be strung. Then I count each set, take pictures, and bag them up. Then they just wait for someone to pick them from the line-up I have on Etsy. I have had fairly good luck selling my beads on this site, and would recommend it to anyone hoping to at least break even with their craft costs!”

orange and white

“I love making paper beads. It’s a time when I can turn on the radio, tune out the world, and make an original creation with each bead I roll. It’s an inexpensive craft, and is perfect for someone who has limited space, since the supplies do not take up a lot of room, and the finished product can easily be stored in zippy bags.”

I have recently begun to make hand painted beads on upcycled office paper, so it will be interesting to see how that progresses for me. The possibilities with this type of bead as far as color and design is virtually endless, and that excites me even more!

hand painted patriotic beads

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Paper Beads


Green Hand Made Paper Beads

To see more of Shelly’s work and get inspired by her beautiful paper beads, head on to her blog:


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Made With Love From Croatia

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 8 comments

Every now and then I get emails from all over the world sharing with me their love for paper beads.  This is truly a hobby befitting ages from 9-99 🙂  Today, I would like to introduce to you Sanja Blagus, she is from Croatia and just discovered paper beads!

A little bit about Sanja; she is 21 years old and she lives in East Croatia in a suburb called Sumarina, a very quiet place according to her, with beautiful skies and sunset.


Having lived in California almost all of my life, I am amazed at the contrast of summer and winter in cold places.  Sanja, sent me a before and after photos of where she live.


One of her hobbies is photography and taking pictures of nature.


Now that she has been properly introduced………Here’s some of Sanja’s Paper Bead Creations.


She learned to make the paper bead flowers from one of our tutorials!


The black and white paper beads she made them from paper that she painted black and the white bead she doodled on the pages before rolling them into paper beads – what a neat idea!  I thought of doing zentangles on paper and then roll them into paper beads, kind of the same concept.


For the shell pendant, she used the hot glue gun to make the shell half open like that and glued the glass pearl in the middle.


She takes pictures like I do, in my backyard around flowers and plants.


If you like to share your paper beads here, whether they are just paper beads or made into jewelry, all you need to do is email them to me.  You can do that by just hitting the email me button on the right and send me your images that is at least bigger than 500 px.

Another day of taking the ordinary to extraordinary.  Have a nice week end everyone!

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