How To Make Round Paper Beads / Metal Roller

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 in How-To's / Tutorials | 7 comments

I get emails from paper bead enthusiasts on how to achieve a more round paper beads.  So, here it is a vlog I think would explain it best plus a few photos.  Materials are: metal roller or bamboo roller (either one can be purchased at aubreysbeads), Judikin’s Diamond Glaze but you can also use any decoupage medium or mod podge and glossy magazines or catalogs.  Tip:  Rounder (fatter) bead uses a longer strip of triangle paper, magazines usually are 15 inches wide when it is opened, you need to use two of these by gluing them together.

Next step is then to mark both ends, how wide is the base of the triangle determines how big or how wide is your bead.  For the diamond shaped paper beads it is 1/2 inch wide for the smaller round beads it is 1/4 inch wide.  I am showing the illustration on white paper so it shows better.


Here is a close up of one end of the paper.


I used the rollers that we carry in our online shop, but of course you can use whatever you have available, to achieve a smaller hole these tools are great for that.  We actually sell them as kits with strips of paper and glue.


Here is the video

Some samples of finished round beads


I hope you have fun, I welcome any comments, questions, feedback…….


  1. I’m having a real problem making the beads round. They seem to have a point at each end. what am I doing wrong Please?
    thanks very much for your help


  2. Thank you so much. What a wonderful video to help those in need of visual assistance.

  3. I was wondering how to make the real small round beads. How long should it be? I’m quite enjoying my bead roller. They really look nice. Thank you Rosemarie

    • Hi Rosemarie,

      I just received from Philippines already cut strips of magazine paper to make the really small round beads and I will be posting that on my etsy shop this week. I will be posting the size and dimension in my next post so you can also make it yourself. Thanks for stopping by……Janice Mae

  4. These looks so beautiful! What a talent!

  5. Thanks for your tutorials! Merry SITSmas!

  6. I just looked at the procedure & it is correct. As one will see how rewarding this is they will also see how much time it takes to make a necklace, bracelets, etc. Now just picture our Great Ladies of Caring Hands in Kampala,Uganda doing this all the time. They do it & love it. This has changed their lives. Gotten out of ooverty, children in school, medical help and today each & every Lady can read & write. This is all because of you by you purchasing beads. We cannot THANK YOU enough for your support
    Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas