How to Make Glazed Paper Jewelry

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Turn old magazines into new jewelry to accessorize any outfit.
Turn old magazines into new jewelry to accessorize any outfit. (Image: magazine image by charles taylor from Fotolia.com)

Making glazed paper jewelry at home is a simple craft project that not only creates attractive accessory items, but also helps the environment through the recycling of paper materials. The craft is child-friendly and the process used to make glazed paper necklaces can also be used to make bracelets, anklets and even rings with different color, size and shape beads.

Things You'll Need

  • Magazine or wrapping paper
  • Paper glaze or diamond glaze glue
  • Jewelry stretch cord

Take a page with plenty of color on it from a magazine or a sheet of wrapping paper and trace a long, rather than tall, triangle on the page. Cut out the triangle. Place the triangle on a flat surface with the colorful side facing down.

Fold the triangle over to make a half-inch fold. Fold the long side of the triangle over so that the edge of the paper stays even with one of the short side edges.

Roll the triangle up tightly, beginning with the edge that was kept straight through the folding step. The hole that forms within the role should only be large enough to fit a thick thread through. Dip the roll into a paper glaze or a diamond glaze glue so that all surface areas become saturated with the glaze and set it aside to dry for at least 24 hours. Repeat step three, using different size magazine cut outs to make different size beads.

Cut a 22-inch piece of jewelry stretch cord. You can change this length if you would like a longer or shorter necklace, a bracelet or ring, but keep in mind that 4 inches of the necklace cord will be used up in tying and securing the necklace. Tie a knot at one end to prevent the beads from falling off and thread the glazed paper beads onto the string.

Tie the two ends of the stretch cord tightly into a knot. Cut off all but 2 inches of stretch cord on either end. Thread the 2 inches of cord on each side back through the beads to keep them hidden.

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