Things to Make - Magazine Bead Necklaces


This project is from Mary Ann Kohl's book, Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids . I loved it because it was so so easy and the girls got really into it, spending almost an hour rolling beads.

Here's the scoop:

1. On a magazine page or newspaper, at the top of the page, mark off 1 inch intervals with a ruler.

2. On the other side of the page, mark off 1 inch intervals beginning at 1/2 inch.

3. Connect the lines to make triangles (see my picture above for illustration). Long skinny triangles will form.

4. Cut out the triangles.

5. Wind the wide end of the triangle around something skinny - we used kabob skewers but you could also use toothpicks or maybe even a twig.

6. Place glue on the rest of the triangle and roll tightly.

7. Let dry then lace on cord or string.

8. Wear as a beautiful necklace or bracelet.

Easy peasy.



The kids actually wear these. Even 6.5 year old F, who scorns most of my ideas regarding fashion.


T couldn't master the rolling of the paper, so I let him use scissors (his favorite new "toy") to cut up the rest of the magazine.

1 comment:

  1. I thought this was a local craft! Surprising to read a blog about it. What we did were rosaries out of the beads.

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