Card Bead Bracelet

Combine bold colours and pretty patterns to roll your own paper beads – perfect for this stylish summer bracelet

Skill Level

Beginner

Time to Make

1 hour

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Choose your patterned paper designs from the pack. Cut small, tapered rectangles from the sheets - each rectangle will be a bead, so cut as many as you think you are going to need.
  2. Take a rectangle and roll around the narrow handle of a paintbrush, starting with the widest end first. Keep rolling (keeping the paper rolled as tightly as possible as you go) then add a dab of PVA glue to the tapered end and press to keep in place. Hold for a few seconds to ensure it's secure.
  3. Once dry, slip the bead off the paintbrush and pinch lightly to make sure it's secure. Repeat this process for each bead until you have enough for your bracelet - we used six.
  4. Cut a length of elastic to fit your wrist, then feed on the paper beads, alternating with coloured plastic beads. Tie the ends in a knot, making sure the bracelet is wide enough to fit over your hand - then dab the knot with a little PVA to secure it. Leave to dry to finish.

Top Tip

You can add a coat of varnish to your paper beads to toughen them up and add a little extra sheen.

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