DIY Paper Beads

Appropriate for grades:
Subject areas: Visual and Performing Arts

Beads are used around the world in a variety of ways and for different reasons. They range in shape and size and can be made from glass, plastic, metal, cloth, shell, stones, even paper!  In some communities, beads are used at important moments in life and can represent passages such as birth, becoming an adult, marriage, and death—or power and status. Each cultural tradition has color preferences and its own designs and beading techniques.  

Beads are worn just for decorative purposes too—so enjoy making your own paper beads and wearing them!


You'll need:

  • drawing paper
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • string &/or pipe cleaners






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