DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bead Keychains
A cute retro look for your backpack. We just used old
magazines, but if you wanted something a bit more color coordinated you
can use gift wrap or other colored paper.
- scrap paper: here are some ideas
- we used the paper that flower bouquets get wrapped in (yes, I keep
- used gift wrap
- magazine pages (glossy ones with lots of pictures and little writing).
- even construction paper will work!
- something long and round to wrap the beads around: -- younger
children will need something fatter (so the beads have a big hole) and
older children can use something as thin as a toothpick. Here are some
- a pen or pencil
- a bamboo skewer
- a toothpick
- a knitting needle
- a straw
- glue (we used a glue stick, but regular white glue works too).
- Optional: clear (or fairly light) nailpolish
- string, wool or ribbon (it has to fit through the hole in the beads so
must be thinner than the long and round base you've chosen)
Instructions - Making Paper Beads:
- Cut out long triangles from the scrap paper.
- They should be at least 11 inches long (standard paper size),
but can be bigger.
- They should be as wide as you want the bead (so a one inch bead
would have a one inch edge).
- We just estimated ours and cut them out freehand, but if your
children are at the age where they are practicing ruler use, have
them measure it out!
- we used a skewer as our base... You can use a straw, knitting
needle, etc. I'll use the word skewer through the remainder of
these directions to mean whatever base you've chosen.
- apply glue to the back side of the triangle (don't apply glue to the
beginning 1/2 inch or so or else your bead will end up glued to the
skewer and you won't be able to pull it off).
- starting at the wide end, wrap the triangle around the skewer all
the way to the point. The triangular shape of the paper will
give you a tapered bead. If you use a long enough piece, your
bead will be almost round.
- Optional: apply a coat of clear (light) nail polish.
Although this is optional, it does make the beads shinier and a bit
- set your skewers over a bowl or glass (so the beads are suspended in
the air) to dry.
Instructions - Assembling the keychain
cut 2 or 3 lengths of wool (about three times as long as you want
Loop the wool around the keychain ring so both strands hang down equal
Tie a knot in the bottom (or tie a small plastic bead or button on the
Thread your beads on, leaving space in the center.
Tie another knot (or thread another button or bead).
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