From Magazine Pages to Wearable Art

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 in How-To's / Tutorials | 6 comments

Many of you have e-mailed me on how to cut paper into triangle strips ready for making beautiful paper beads. When I started experimenting on how to make paper beads I get frustrated when I get those odd shape looking ones. One day, as I was opening a package from my sister (she ships on a regular basis paper beads that they have made), there was a small pouch tucked in containing different odd shaped paper beads. She had a note for me that these are “rejects” but she did not have the heart to throw them away. They were beautiful, there’s one that’s shaped like a bell, a Christmas tree, a bottle, an egg and they are all unique. So, even if you don’t cut a perfectly proportioned triangle don’t despair this will add character to your jewelry:) Anyway, here is a video on how to cut them into strips of triangles.

The paper beads in this necklace were made from Recycled Avon Magazines.



  1. Hi Janice,

    Thanks for your reply.

  2. I was wondering Janice, if you could tell me the length and width of the paper to make that bead from the avon magazine. I love that necklace! Enjoying your blog!

    • Hi Deb,

      The measurement on that particular paper bead made out of avon catalog is 1 1/2 inch at the base of the triangle and the length would depend on how long your catalog page is, you can always make it longer by gluing pages together to get your desired result, if I’m not mistaken the width is just a little bit over 1/4 inch. Janice Mae

  3. that is a beautiful necklace. 😀

  4. I watched a couple of your videos and was fascinated. I don’t think I’d ever have the patience or dexterity to do this, but your beaded jewelry is beautiful.

    Just stopped by from SITS to say hi; hope you’ll do the same.

  5. Really fun idea. I am totally intrigued. I really want to try this…or at least buy some!

    Stopping by from SITS!