Make Your Own Beads

Here's a great gift idea: make beads for your family and friends!

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Beads are a beautiful part of our human story. Re-purpose fabric scraps and magazine pages to make upcycled beads for adornment that you wear for a special reason.


Magazine pages or used gift-wrap paper
Liquid glue or Mod Podge
String or yarn


  1. Cut the fabric or paper into slim triangle strips.
  2. Place apencil at the base of the triangle and tape the triangle's point to the table.
  3. Apply a thin line of liquid glue down the center of the triangle.
  4. Roll the bottom edge of the triangle over the pencil, and continue to roll the triangle.
  5. Smooth the paper into the glue until the point of the triangle smoothly.
  6. Let dry.
  7. String the dry beads on yarn.

How do you feel when you wear your beads?

Tell a friend or a family member about how you made your beads and why they are special to you.

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