Kid's Co-op: Recycled Paper Beads

k I thought I'd share a great and easy craft we got our hands sticky over at our local Library and now we're all about making paper beads with just a little glue and recycled magazine pages and a plastic straw in a matter of about an hour you'll roll your way to having a totally rad necklace. We also learned that in Africa the women and children make these to sell and trade to support their families. 

*Disclaimer* if you have a six year old boy his attention may wain and one beads on a straw and pretend shooting at your sisters is just as much fun.

Once there's enough beads made (about 20 large beads or 30 small)
take a heavy weight string or yarn and string the beads to make your necklace.

I think it makes a great Mother's /Grandma's day gift or even a birthday present don't you?!

Some of my favorites from last week:
Reading Confetti: Bird Feeder Milk Jug
Word Play House: bead Kaleidoscope
Familylicious: Magnet Hunt in Sand

The Weekly Kid's Co-op


  1. Oh I loved to make these beads when I was little... must do it again with my kids!

  2. love these beads! I actually have a few necklaces that are made by the ladies in Africa and I just love them!! Now I can try my hand at making some myself. Thanks!

  3. I remember making these in elementary school. I love it! I know my mom would proudly wear a necklace of these if it were gifted to her by her grandkids. Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-Op!

  4. Hi! Featured this on my Weekly Kids Co-op post today! I hope you'll stop by and grab a button! :)

  5. I think that I did this when I was young. Totally forgot about this / going to mark to favorites and do it with the grandkids one day! :)

  6. Although beadweaving on a loom was quite popular at the beginning of the 20th century, it tapered off after World War II.orbeez


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