Paper Beads Hemp Jewelry

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 in How-To's / Tutorials | 3 comments

I had to see the movie Avatar, just to look at the nature inspired jewelry worn by the characters in the movie.  I searched on etsy and true enough, there is a lot of  the Avatar movie inspired necklaces that came up and hemp is the stringing material mostly used to give it that organic look.  I wanted to practice the macrame technique on hemp before making our own version of the Avatar necklace.  Kayla, came up with this macrame necklace with our large round paper beads. I took a step by step photo of her doing it, if you need a more detailed instruction you can find it here.

You take Four Strands of Hemp (small size), the two inner strands (base strands) a little over  the length of your necklace or bracelet, and the two outer strands would be five times the length of your inner strands.  You would then tie a know to a jump ring and tape it onto a surface.  When you are more familiar with the pattern you can just hold the strands in you hand.


Put the right strand over the base strands and under the left strand.


Fold the left strand over the base strands and under the right strand.


Then put the right strand under the base strands and over the left strand, then pull into a knotl.



You get the twisted pattern by repeating the same pattern over and over again.  You will then insert your paper bead in the two middle strands.



Just repeat the same knot until you get your desire length.  The paper beads are perfect for this because they have big holes enough to accommodate the two strands of hemp.

Here’s your finished necklace


The bracelet was made with one big round paper bead and smaller round paper beads around it.  Both necklace and bracelet are finished off with magnetic clasp.





  1. Very nice! I saw Avatar before Christmas and was inspired by the jewelry worn there. But I could not think of how to translate it… You did a great job!

  2. Love this! Thanks again for a great tutorial with great pics! Thanks!

  3. What timing! I’d just bought some hemp and wasn’t sure how to incorporate it with my paper beads…looks like I have an idea to try now. Thanks!