Victorian times, women in England gathered in dining
rooms to make beads by rolling scraps of wallpaper on
knitting needles. They would then string the beads on
long pieces of yarn to create curtains that separated
rooms. You can make these beads from recycled scrap
paper, and string them together to make jewelry!
What you'll need:
- scraps of wallpaper, magazine pictures,
used wrapping paper, colored paper, etc.
- pencil, ruler, and scissors
- drinking straws
- thread or yarn
Before you begin, gather all of your supplies
together and put them on your work surface. Read all
of the directions from start to finish. Now you are
ready to begin.
- With your scissors, cut long triangles
from your paper scraps that are about 1/2-inch wide
and 2 1/2-inches long. Make a template to trace, if
- Cover one side of a triangle with
paste. Put the paste on the inside of the paper so
that the colorful pattern will be on the outside of
- Place the triangle's glued short side
on a drinking straw.
- Wrap the paper completely around itself
on the straw.
- Cut away the straw at both ends of
the rolled paper.
- To make beads with different shapes,
vary the size and shape of the paper triangles that
- Let your beads dry, and then string
them together on your thread or yarn. Knot the ends
of the thread together.
from Papercrafts Around the World, by Phyllis
and Noel Fiarotta
(Sterlilng Publishing Co., Inc., New York)