How to Make a Recycled Paper Bracelet

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If you're looking for an environmentally friendly craft project using recycled paper, why not make a recycled paper bracelet? Making a recycled paper bracelet is easy to do and won't cost you much in supplies. Recycled paper bracelets are easy enough for anyone to make and they make fun gifts for eco-conscious people. Read on to learn how to make your own recycled paper bracelet out of supplies you most likely have lying around the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Three sheets of recycled paper
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Fish string or dental floss

Make your own paste by combining one cup of flour with 1/2 cup of water. To make a thicker paste, bring the mixture to a boil and stir. Allow paste to cool to room temperature before using.

Choose three sheets of recycled paper to make beads. Newspaper or any heavy-grade paper works best. Select paper in your favorite colors or designs. For a glossy look, use recycled magazine pages.

Cut paper into 1/2-inch strips. Using your fingers, smear the paper strips with paste. Wrap each strip around a toothpick to form a bead. Slide bead off of toothpick when finished rolling. Avoid getting too much paste on the inside of the recycled paper bead, otherwise it will be hard to get a string through when it's time to make the bracelet. Make at least 20 beads.

Allow beads to dry for at least a half-hour. If the beads still feel damp after a half hour, let them dry longer. Beads should be stiff to the touch.

Determine how long you need your bracelet to be. Cut dental floss or fish string to appropriate length. String the recycled paper beads together to form a bracelet. Secure by tying a tight knot.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make your beads last longer, brush them with a bit of clear nail polish. Create necklaces by using more recycled paper beads. Experiment with the size and shape of your recycled paper beads. Once your beads are dry, paint them in your favorite colors or decorate with glitter.

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