So remember when I went to dinner at Alt Summit with the social media & marketing team of The Honest Company and they gave us all Cricut Minis? Yeah, it was awhile ago, I’m a slacker. Anyways, I immediately knew I wanted to use it to make jewelry. You see, I love love LOVE the way a strand of flat circular beads move. I like the way they look, but I’m obsessed with the way they move when you wear it. Every time I go to the gem faire in Salt Lake I pick up a couple of strands of vintage vinyl disc beads. You can see how rad they are here. But you know what is even thinner than vinyl? Paper!
This paper bead necklace is super easy to make. You will need:
- A Cricut
- Card stock in your color choice, I used 5 sheets of 65#
- 21 inches of chain
- Fishing line
- 2 crimp beads
- A bead crimper or needle nose pliers
- Paper Bead Pattern for Cricut Craft Room (you can make your own bead pattern in Cricut Craft Room, or just download the one I’ve already made by clicking the link.
Download the pattern from above and upload to your Cricut Craft Room, to do that, log in and click the “My Projects” button in the top left corner. Then click, upload and select the file “paper beads” from where you saved it. Load up your paper and cut according to Cricut’s instructions.
Remove the edges and the beads. For my necklace I used 5 sheets of paper with 140 beads on each, the beaded part is 8 3/4 inch long. You can cut more or less beads depending on how long you want it.
String the beads onto the fishing line. Once that’s done, string on one crimp bead.
Then string the end of your chain on. Pull the end of the fishing line back through the crimp bead and about an inch of the paper beads. Use your bead crimper or needle nose pliers to secure the crimp bead and trim the excess fishing line. Repeat the process on the other side.
Voila! Ya dig?