09 November 2009 ~ 15 Comments

How to Measure and Cut Paper Beads

I was asked by one reader if there is a template for measuring and cutting paper for paper bead making.  I guess there is, but that would limit the size in terms of length of your strip of paper.  The longer paper strip will make a more round and thicker bead.  Here is a tutorial on how to cut the paper for paper bead making.  I showed it here in a piece of regular printing paper so you can see the marks I made.  You can apply this principle to longer paper.


You need to mark the top part and bottom edges of your paper to your desired size of your beads.  In this case I marked the 1/4 inch for a smaller bead.



I would then take my ruler, to trace the dots and connect them forming a triangular shape.  Tip:  If you want a longer paper you just need to use two sheets or two magazine pages glued together and use the yard stick instead of just regular ruler.


It should look like this.


You can then cut it into strips by using a craft knife or scissors.  Below are cut up magazines ready for rolling into paper beads.


Now you’re ready to make some beautiful paper beads.  So, go ahead check out your mailbox for those glossy holiday catalogues they’re sending out this year and turn them into beautiful wearable art.


15 Responses to “How to Measure and Cut Paper Beads”

  1. jennifer 3 January 2013 at 4:02 am Permalink

    u have done soo beautifully
    especially that shape

  2. Bonnie L Waller 30 September 2012 at 7:32 am Permalink

    I love making paper beads. Your video inspired me. However, I like using Glitter Glue from Wal-Mart. I use 30-Lb.Test Fishing Line to string them. I love making beads from bags from take-out food places like Schlotzky’s. Check out my Facebook page to see pictures.

    To use a bag, just cut off the bottom of the bag. Then, cut from top to bottom on one of the folds. Lay the bag out flat and cut your strips the long way. I like verying the width of the strips. Let the printed pattern show on the outside of the bead.

    Glaze – My Husband disolved styrofoam (ice chest) pieces in a jar of Xylene (not available in California). When it has absorbed all that it will – it will be very thick (better than Polyurethane). Keep in a sealed jar. ONLY USE IN WELL-VENTILATED PLACES LIKE OUTSIDE. Keep beads on plastic stir stick (holds about 6-7 beads) and hold over jar to coat with a small (1/4″ width bristle paint brush). DO NOT BREATHE THE FUMES!!! Xylene is considered to be a Carcinogen. This dries in 10-20 minutes and you can begin stringing the beads. OR, you can use Polyurethane. It will probably take 2 coats of Polyurethane.

  3. Stephanie U 19 June 2012 at 12:42 pm Permalink

    Hi there I just want to say I have been watching you on YouTube and you have inspired me to make these awesome beads. My question is where can I get the glaze you use? I am using mod podge but they dont seem to be as hard as yours I live in Michigan so if you could help me out I would be very Thankful I am not going to sell my beads just make them for gifts for my family and friends. Thanks again <3

  4. jhon2 20 October 2011 at 12:30 am Permalink

    can anyone help me to market my paper beads,i’ve done a lot of them

    pls help,if anyone is interested pls reply to this message,thank’s

  5. Nancy M 29 March 2011 at 1:18 am Permalink

    No matter the length or width, my beads do not come out like this. I’m using magazine sheets and glued together to make 36″ long lengths, 1/2 inch wide. Look nothing like the beads shown.

  6. brodie 8 July 2010 at 11:35 pm Permalink

    i am currently making paper beads and i was wondering how you make beads that are in a bicone shape
    all the beads that i have been making are coming out in long and thin

    • JaniceMae 9 July 2010 at 9:57 am Permalink

      Hi Brodie,

      Please check out other tutorials that I have. Try cutting paper that is 1/2 inch wide at the base and about 24-30 inches long. If you use a thicker or heavier paper then it will even be more rounded, for example cover of a magazine or catalog. Thanks for visiting. Janice Mae

  7. ashley 29 May 2010 at 8:35 pm Permalink

    Dear Janice,
    I am starting a paper bead business and I have just been cutting and working away. But I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how to do what I do. Here’s what I usually do: I have my wonderful sister advertise my bracelets and then when I get an order I just cut out beads and roll them and string them. I have been wanting to make beads beforehand and then string them, but I need to have what my customers want. How can I make a bunch of beads and have enough variety??

    • JaniceMae 29 May 2010 at 10:52 pm Permalink

      Hi Ashley,
      How are you selling your bracelets and how does your sister advertise? Maybe, you can make the bracelets from what paper beads your have available and also take orders that can be custom made according to customers’ specifications as to color and size. The beauty about paper beads is that no two are alike and that is part of the uniqueness of paper bead jewelry and I think your customers can appreciate that.

  8. Cali 21 March 2010 at 2:19 am Permalink

    How do you get the colours so consistent to make a up a string of matching beads?

    • JaniceMae 21 March 2010 at 12:17 pm Permalink

      The beads come from the same magazine pages, so the colors are consistent.

  9. Beverly 15 February 2010 at 1:44 pm Permalink

    Your beads are beautiful. How do you get your gorgeous shine? And all so similar?

  10. Kudzu 25 January 2010 at 8:36 pm Permalink

    thank you! i made a bracelet so far from an old glossy gift bag. i’ll be linking to you:D

  11. Holly Lefevre 11 November 2009 at 11:04 pm Permalink

    Those are gorgeous…my attempts do not look like that, but they are getting better and this tutorial helped!

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