For the person who loves making paper beads, every occasion is a new reason to pull out the bead roller and make more beads. Christmas is no exception. This pattern lets you make beautiful ornaments for your Christmas tree out of paper beads in a variety of colors and sizes limited only by your imagination.
Choose paper for your beads. If you make these in shades of sparkly white, your finished ornaments will look like snowflakes. Or you can use Christmas wrapping paper to make ornaments in bold colors. Use paper beads made from magazine pages for a down-home look to your tree. You may choose to mix and match for an eclectic Christmas tree.
Cut your chosen paper into long tapered triangles to roll into paper beads. Triangles between 1/2 inch and one inch wide work the best for making into ornaments. The longer your strip, the fatter your beads will be. Fat beads make chunky ornaments while thin beads make more delicate-looking ornaments. Strips between 12 and 18 inches long are a good size. You need 12 paper beads for each Christmas ornament.
Make each bead by rolling the paper strip around a toothpick or bead roller, securing the end, then coating it in protective finish. For ornaments, you may want to shake some glitter onto the bead before it dries to give it a sparkly look.
When your beads are dry, choose seed beads or E beads in a complementary color. You want beads that are small, but not so small that they’ll slip inside the ends of your paper beads. You need 18 seed beads.
Cut a length of fishing line about 30 inches long (you may need to adjust this depending on the size of your beads.) String 6 seed beads onto the line and tie the line in a square knot, pulling the seed beads into a circle and leaving about a two-inch tail of fishing line on one side. The long end of fishing line is your working end.
Run the line from right to left through the seed bead immediately to the left of the knot. Then string one paper bead, one seed bead, one paper bead, one seed bead and one paper bead. Run the line through the same seed bead in the circle in the same direction again.
Run the line through the next seed bead in the circle. String one paper bead, one seed bead, one paper bead and one seed bead. Run the line back down through the neighboring paper bead on the right, then through the circle seed bead again.
Continue this pattern moving around the circle until you have one seed bead left in the circle. In this spot, run the line through the seed bead, then up through the paper bead on the left. String one seed bead, the last paper bead and the last seed bead. Run the line back down through the paper bead on the right and through the same seed bead in the circle.
Tie a square knot with your working line and the tail of line you left at the beginning. Pull it tight, then run both ends up through the closest paper bead. Leave enough fishing line to hang your ornament, then tie the ends together and trim any excess.