Black and White Paper Bead Earrings

  • 01 of 07

    Introduction

    black and white paper bead tube earrings
    Rita Shehan

    These paper bead earrings are beautiful. They are quite stylish, and you would never guess that they are made out of paper. Make some for yourself and your friends as gifts. While you are at it, make some necklaces and bracelets to match. The possibilities are endless.

    Supplies Needed

    • 8.5 x 11 sheet of plain white copy paper
    • Permanent ink pens or markers (*optional)
    • Ruler
    • Craft knife
    • Glue stick
    • PC-Petrifier Wood Hardener
    • Water-based glossy polyurethane (*optional)
    • Black permanent ink marker
    • Toothpicks
    • Floral wire
    • Leftover newspapers, cardboard or plastic to use as a drop cloth
    • 2-inch eye pins
    • 4 mm silver beads
    • Fish hook ear wires
    • Round needle nose pliers
    • Wire cutters
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  • 02 of 07

    Step 1

    paper bead templates
    Rita Shehan

    You can choose to make your own designs for your paper bead earrings or you can download a PDF template of several black and white paper bead earring prints.

    If you plan to use your own designs:

    1. Draw a box 1" x 10 3/4 inch on a piece of paper.
    2. Draw your design with permanent ink markers or pens on the left end approximately two inches long. You don't need more than that because the design will not be visible when the paper bead tube is rolled.

    If you plan to use our template:

    1. Download the PDF template files here.
    2. Print the templates on a sheet of ordinary copy paper with a laser printer.
    3. Using a ruler and craft knife, cut two paper earring rectangles of the earring design of choice.
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  • 03 of 07

    Step 2

    paper bead
    Rita Shehan
    1. Roll the paper bead rectangle around a toothpick to form a paper bead tube.
    2. Use a glue stick to secure the end of the paper rectangle to the end of the paper bead tube.
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  • 04 of 07

    Step 3

    paper bead tube
    Rita Shehan

    Paint both ends of the paper bead tubes black using the permanent ink marker.

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  • 05 of 07

    Step 4

    how to preserve a paper bead
    Rita Shehan
    1. The next step is crucial. This paper bead method was discovered by Lisa (Beyondbracelets YouTube Channel).
      Lisa makes paper bead jewelry for a living and has spent a lot of time researching products. She has found PC-Petrifier wood hardener to be the best product for paper beadwork. It hardens the paper bead plus adds a glossy shine.
    2. Lisa has an awesome YouTube video tutorial that teaches how to use the product. Please watch it to see how Lisa dips the beads and dries them.
    3. Lisa recommends stringing the beads with fishing line, before dipping them in the product. We used floral wire. It is up to you to decide which method works best for you.
    4. After dipping the beads in the wood hardener five times, hang the beads and let them dry. It doesn't take long. They should be dry to the touch after about an hour. The beads need about 24 hours to cure.
    5. The beads are glossy just from the PC-Petrifier, but to add extra protection it is recommended that you dip the beads in waterproof polyurethane and let dry.
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  • 06 of 07

    Step 5

    How to assemble a paper bead tube earring
    Rita Shehan
    1. Add a silver bead to the 2-inch eye pin.
    2. Place a paper bead on top of the silver bead.
    3. Place another silver bead onto the eye pin over the paper bead tube.
    4. Cut the eye pin with a wire cutter so that approximately 1/4 inch wire is showing on the top.
    5. Using the round needle nose pliers, form the top wire end into a loop.
    6. Attach a fishhook ear wire to the loop.
    7. Your earring is finished and ready to wear.
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  • 07 of 07

    Download Free Paper Bead Template Designed by Rita Shehan

    Paper Bead Tube Earring Craft
    Rita Shehan

    There are seven different earring design templates for download. The above photo depicts three of the designs.