Pod bead tutorial
If you think of paper beads you probably think of the mod podge ones that are available all over the net. With that in mind I wanted to show you another way of making very simple paper beads, I call them pod beads.
For this tutorial you will need:
- A paper punch in a symmetrical shape. I used the flower shape called vinca for this tutorial but you can also use a simple circle shape as in the picture above. My large punches are 25mm (1 inch) diameter. The small ones are 20mm (3/4 inch) diameter.
- Paper; I used some origami washi paper and scrapbook paper but you can use this technique to recycle your magazine, newspaper or even old books.
- Optional: sealer for durability
For the necklace I used:
- Organic hemp twine from the trade aid shop.
- Couple of wooden beads.
Ok so let’s start with the tutorial!
Start with punching out heaps of shapes from the paper. I used about 6 of each color for the small bead and 8 of each color for the larger ones but you might want to experiment and use more or less.
Fold the papers in half, making sure you have the colour you want to show off on the inside of your fold. I folded mine through the middle of the petal so you get a nice pointy bead.
Now the tricky part starts; gluing the whole thing together. Try to be as precise as possible when you glue the shapes together. I first pair up all the colors so the glue has time to dry as in the picture above.
That’s all – you’re finished!! Now string them on a piece of twine with some wooden beads like I did, or you can pick a pretty ribbon and some sparkly beads to make it a bit more sophisticated. Time to get crafty!
If you make some of these paper pods, we’d love to see how yours turn out! Please upload your pics to the Folding Trees Flickr group.