This is how I make my paper beads:
1. Collect pages of magazines/pretty paper and cut into long triangular strips. I find that the beads look "rounder" if you don't make the slope on the sides too steep.. like it should be really gradual. That probably didn't make any sense
2. Get a toothpick, or what I use when I cant find one is the inside of a Biro pen lol. Get the thick end of the paper and tightly wrap the paper. I glue it at like the last 5cm because I hate glue. I get it everywhere.
3. Paint the bead with clear nail polish (sometimes I use clear with glitter) and then leave to dry for a few minutes. Take it off the toothpick carefully. Don't wrap too tight or it will unravel while you take it off.
I hope that helped, tell me if you have any questions
Oh, you can also make other shaped beads by cutting grooves in the triangles.