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Granny's Paper Beads
By Amy Cook
Intro | Instructions

What you'll need:

Wrapping paper
Mod Podge decoupage glue
Shallow baking pan
Damp rag
Pot of Vaseline
Floral foam


Acrylic paint in various colors
Small, round paintbrushes

  1. Working from top to bottom, cut the wrapping paper into long triangular strips. Hold your hand steady and cut a straight line, otherwise your bead will look all wonky. Nip the pointy end off of each strip.
  2. Prepare your work surface by pouring ½ cup decoupage glue into a baking pan and arranging the floral foam and toothpicks within reach.
  3. Run one strip at a time through the panful of Mod Podge, making sure each side is well-covered. To squeeze excess liquid from the paper, slide the paper strip between your thumb and forefinger. Wipe your fingers on a damp rag before continuing to step four. (This will all be very awkward and sticky at first, but be patient and you'll soon have a clean, efficient system going!).
  4. Take a toothpick and dip one end in the Vaseline. This will keep the glue from sticking to the wood. Starting at the wide end of the strip, wind the paper around the toothpick, smoothing and tightening as you go.
  5. Place the toothpick into the floral foam to dry.
  6. When the beads you've made are good and dry, they are ready for finishing touches. Paint designs on them with acrylic paint, or just apply a coat of shellac to add some shine. Orange shellac is great to unite different-colored beads with an antique-like gleam.


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