As soon as I saw the chapter on making your own beads, especially paper beads, I was hooked for the week.
I have tons of scrap paper just waiting to become pretty beads.
This summer, I've been wanting a chunky Wilma Flintstone–style necklace to wear with my tee shirts, so I came up with a stacked chunky paper bead.
For each bead, I cut the following strips across the short side of a letter–size piece of scrap paper (and one old Texas road map):
One ¾–in. strip
Two ½–in. strips
Three ¼–in. strips
I rolled each strip from largest to smallest on a toothpick, securing each layer with a glue stick. Each bead is ¾–in. long. I wanted a 16–in. long necklace, so I made four of each color paper.
I sealed each bead with a layer of Mod Podge gloss.
I followed the directions in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beading for stringing, and now I have my chunky necklace.