I used to make magazine beads in middle school. I had forgotten about them until we went to a story time and craft at Barefoot Books. The kids could string already made magazine beads onto thread. We went home and with a little experimenting the process of making the beads came back to me. It was before the holidays and a great way to use all the catalogs that were flooding the mail box.
- old magazines or catalogs
- glue, glue glitter, or gloss medium
- plastic straws
- Cut long skinny triangles from the magazines and catalogs. About one inch at the widest and about 3 inches long. Pay attention to the colors and textures and patterns. White with black text works well too.
- Place a dab of glue on the end of a straw. Place the wide end of a paper triangle on top of the glue/straw.
- Wrap the rest of the triangle around the straw.
- Place a dab of glue at the small end of the triangle. Or use glitter glue or gloss medium for a more shinny or sparkly effect.
- Press the tip of the triangle down so it won’t unravel.
- Cut the straw were the bead ends.
- Let dry. Make a bunch more and string together.