DIY Craft: Recycled Newspaper Beads!

It’s been a little while since we posted some fun crafting ideas, so here is one that we’ve done before! All the materials are super cheap, and all it takes is a little time. If you wanted to make this a party craft, make the beads ahead of time, then give the kids some paint and string to create their own unique jewelry!

This tutorial comes from a wonderful blog called A Storybook Life, and is very easy to follow. We will summarize, but it is worth checking out her step by step instructions (that include pictures!)


  • Old newspaper
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Craft paint
  • Sealant such as Mod Podge or varnish
  • String or ribbon for creating a necklace


  1. Gather old newspaper, shred into small pieces and place in a large stock pot and pour enough boiling water in the pot to cover the newspaper.
  2. Let sit for one hour stirring the paper to help break it down.
  3. Drain the water as much as possible.
  4. Add enough glue to the paper to keep the beads together while drying (Elmer’s glue works great).
  5. Roll the paper into round balls (any size your heart desires) and squeeze out the excess water.
  6. Let them dry for a few days (rolling them every few hours) until they are dry. It took my beads about 2 or 3 days to be totally dry.
  7. Sand each dry bead to smooth some of the edges and drill a small hole through the center of the bead. This is a good stopping point if you want to use the craft as a party activity.
  8. Paint the beads with craft paint, then seal with Mod Podge or another sealant.
  9. When dry, string the beads onto ribbon or pretty string to create an awesome necklace!

We love this affordable and eco-friendly craft idea! What do you think?

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