Make Recycled Magazine Bead Jewelry

Teach the kids how to Make Magazine Bead Jewelry. Turn magazines into jewelry how could that be? Read on to find out how to make this great wearable craft! Make them for dress up or Mardi Gras or as a great camp craft project.


Today, paper is made from trees mostly grown on working forests and from recovered paper. When you recycle your used paper, paper mills use it to make new newspapers, notebook paper, paper grocery bags, corrugated boxes, envelopes, magazines, cartons, and other paper products. Source: Communities for Recycling – 16 Fun Recycling Facts for Kids

  • Magazine pages (preferable full of pictures/colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or fine point marker
  • Toothpick
  • Fine string, thread, or fishing line
  • Extra craft beads for decoration
  1. Measure a magazine page to cut strips in various widths (1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 inches).
  2. Cut strips from magazine
  3. Analyze the paper for pictures that would make great patterns. Starting with the opposite end of the picture, put a dab of glue on the outside (side to be rolled over).
  4. Roll the strip around the toothpick. The glue will hold the center together and the toothpick will allow room to string the beads together later.
  5. At the last 1/4 inch of the roll, put a dab of glue on the underside of the paper. This will keep the roll from coming apart.
  6. Remove toothpick and allow to dry.
  7. Repeat with other strips.
  8. String the beads, alternating between round craft beads and long magazine beads, onto a piece of string, thread, or fishing line.
  9. Tie a knot to close, wear, and enjoy!




2 thoughts on “Make Recycled Magazine Bead Jewelry”

  1. Theresa says:

    Crafts are interesting but the news pop-ups are annoying. I wish there were step by step photos to clarify some instructions, I am a visual learner as most artists are.

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