Paper Beads

I recently received a free sample of an interesting new glue from Nine Lives Products. It's called Glu6. Now, I love to incorporate upcycling and recycling into my craft projects where I can, so this glue really intrigued me because it's made out of recycled styrofoam.

I decided to give the Glu6 a try in an upcycling project that I enjoy, paper beads. In the past, I have used Elmer's Glue-All and Liquitex Gloss Varnish when I created paper beads. I am excited because using the Glu6 instead makes this an ultra-upcycled project.


  • Glu6 craft paste
  • Glu6 original
  • glossy paper from a magazine, comic book or catalog or a 9x11" scrap of wrapping paper
  • pen
  • ruler
  • paper trimmer
  • bamboo skewers
  • scruffy paint brush
  • waxed paper


There are two formulas of Glu6, the original which is clear and comes in a squeezable bottle and craft paste which comes in a jar. Both types dry clear. Also, both have a lemony scent.

Find a colorful page in a magazine or catalog.

Carefully tear it out and use a paper trimmer to cut off the jagged, torn edge.

Use a pen to make a mark 3/8 inch from the edge of the paper.

Position the page on your paper trimmer so that your mark and the bottom corner of the page are on the cutting line. Cut the paper with the trimmer.

Throw away the tiny strip of paper that you just cut off.

 Next, you will be cutting a series of isosceles triangles. (Two sides are the same length and two of the angles are the same.)

Position your page so that the top right corner is on the cutting line and the bottom right corner is 3/4 inches away from the cutting line.


Now position your page so the bottom corner is on the cutting line and the top corner is 3/4 inches away from the cutting line.


Continue cutting triangles by alternating the position of the page. Cut as many triangles as you can across the page.

I was able to get 21 triangles from one magazine page, but the amount may vary depending on the width of your page and how much you had to trim at the beginning to straighten up the torn edge.

You'll be doing some gluing in a minute, so you may want to place a piece of waxed paper on your work surface to protect it.

Next, you will be rolling each of the paper triangles around a bamboo skewer. I bought the skewers at my local grocery store. They are typically used for grilling but work nicely for rolling paper beads.

Place one of your paper triangles face down and set the skewer on the short side of the triangle. It kind of looks like a little flag.

Roll the paper tightly around the skewer.

Stop rolling when about 3-4 inches of paper remain.

Brush a thin layer of the Glu6 craft paste on the remaining strip of paper.

Continue rolling the paper bead.

I placed my skewer into a little jar while the glue dried.

Depending on the length of your skewers, you may be able to roll more than one bead on each skewer.

Roll as many beads as you like and let them dry overnight.

I like my paper beads to have a glossy, water resistant finish.

After all of your beads have been rolled and the glue is dry, use a brush to apply a coat of the Glu6 original over each bead.

Again, let the glue dry overnight.

The finished product, colorful, 3/4 inch long paper beads that you can use for jewelry or other beading projects.



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The Chilly Dog: Paper Beads
Paper Beads
Tutorial: Paper Beads - How to make ultra-upcycled paper beads with magazine or catalog pages and Glu6 recycled styrofoam glue.
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