I love these paper bead earrings as they are not only unique and entirely customisable, but they are also super cheap to make. This tutorial will show you how to make the paper beads and how to make these adorable earrings with them. I have used copper wire but you could use any metal finish you like to create different looks.
What you’ll need:
- Paper & printer
- Craft knife or scissors
- Nail varnish
- Beading wire
- Ear wires
Here’s how to make the earrings:
- Print out the template for the paper beads here.
2. Cut out 2 of the bead templates.
3. Begin to wrap the wide end. I am using a quilling needle tool but anything of a similar width will do. I’m thinking maybe a headpin or a toothpick? It can be tricky to get started. Try rolling the end of the paper over the needle repeatedly between your finger and thumb until it begins to roll evenly.
4. Once you reach the point where the paper splits, keep it taught and continue with one of the strands of paper – leave the other loose for now.
5. Continue to roll the paper round itself making an effort to keep it even and central.
6. Once you reach the end of the paper, put a dab of glue underneath the tab and press it down. Hold it steady until its set.
7. Now repeat with the other strand of paper, gluing at the end.
8. Paint with whichever colour nail varnish you like – you may need extra coats to get a nice even colour.
9. Leave to dry for a while – go have dinner or a nap.
10. Cut 15cm piece of wire. Make a wrapped loop in one end.
11. Place the bead on the wire snug up to the loop.
12. Where the wire exits the paper bead, bend upwards towards the top of the bead. You may want to use your round nose pliers to make the turn to stop from bending the bead itself.
13. Use your fingers to pull the wire up and around the bead. Once you reach the top, wrap the wire around tightly.
14. Use wire cutters to trim the end of the wire and tuck in the cut in with your pliers.
15. Attach to ear wires.
You’re done! I hope you liked this tutorial and you can sign up below for notifications of new tutorials direct to your inbox. Let me know what you think of this tutorial!
Ta for looking.