Making Magazine Bead Jewelry

July 3, 2011

I have got lots of old magazines at home so I thought of making something out of them instead of throwing them away. I remember when I was in high school, one of my teachers taught us how to make accessories from magazines to add a little touch to our costume for the Panangbenga Flower Festival Street Dancing Parade.


Back then, we made it simple because we only wore it once, but now I add some things to it. I don't really know anything about jewelry making, but I learned the basics from YouTube. I am so satisfied with the outcome of my first jewelry project.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour


For making beads:

For the earrings:

For the bracelet and necklace:

Materials for making beads, magazine, glue, scissors, nail polish, etc.



Making the beads:
Note: If you want a longer size beads, make the base wider and if you want shorter beads, make the base narrower. If you want wider diameter size beads, use thicker paper magazine and vice versa.

    thin strips of magazine cut into long skinny triangles

  1. The appearance of the cut magazine should be triangular in shape. Measure the base for your desired size of beads and mark it with a pencil. Draw a line from that mark you made up to the tip of the magazine. Then cut.
  2. Roll the cut magazine onto the toothpick or blunt needle from the base to the tip. Secure it with glue.
  3. rolling magazine strip around a toothpick


  4. Paint all the beads you made with clear acrylic paint or nail polish to make it shiny.
  5. rolled magazine beads

    Caution: When using the nail polish, use a mask because the fumes are so strong.
    *You can use any paint color you desire. I did not use colored paint on my beads because I used multicolored magazine pages and I liked it the way it is.

pliers and earring assembly laid out on a table

Earring assembly:
Lower part (make two)

  1. Using headpin, string a small glass bead, small magazine bead, and then the other small glass bead.
  2. headpin wire with small glass bead small magazine bead and another small glass bead
  3. Use chain nose pliers to bend (90 degrees) the headpin wire just above the last bead.
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  5. Lay the bent wire parallel to your thumb nail, towards you. after bending headpin wire 90 degrees
  6. Then use the chain nose pliers to roll the wire away from you to make a loop.
  7. wire hook after bending loop in headpin wire
  8. Don't close it completely yet until you have put/inserted the lower loop of the upper part of the earring you will make.
closeup attaching larger bead to hook on bead 1 with hook open

Upper part (make two)

  1. Using eyepin, string small glass bead, big magazine bead, and then the other small glass bead.
  2. Do the same procedure you did in lower part (step 2 and 3).
bead 1 attached to larger bead hook closed
  • Then insert the loop of your fish hook ear wire into the upper loop of the *upper part. Close loop. headpin wire inserted into ring on fish hook ear wire
    finished pair of earrings

    Bracelet assembly:


    1. Measure your wrist so you'll know how long a piece of cotton yarn you need, but add an extra 1.5 to 2 inches on both ends before cutting. (You need the extra in tying a knot into the clasp and loop.)
    2. String the beads.
    3. Put clasp on one end and loop on one end. Tie a knot 3 to 4 times to make it stronger. Don't cut the excess yarn. Use blunt needle to hide it into the beads.

    4. Note: I used thick 3 ply cotton yarn as an alternative because I don't have string wire. I think string wire is more durable. You can also use elastic cord (for this, you don't need clasp and loop).
    finished bracelet

    Necklace assembly:

    1. Cut a piece of cotton yarn according to your desired necklace length. Add an extra 1.5 to 2 inches (same as in bracelet assembly).
    2. Repeat steps 2 and 3 of bracelet assembly. I did a 24 inch necklace
    complete set, necklace, bracelet, and two pairs of earrings

    By Nelly from Estacada, OR

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