Paper beads are easy and inexpensive to make. You can make an eco friendly paper bead by using old magazines, catalogs and junk mail. Place your hand rolled bead on an ordinary bobby pin and you have a fun and funky hair accessory.Step One
Cut a 8" x 2" rectangular strip from a colorful designed paper. The last 3/4" of the strip is what you will see on your finished bead. Roll the paper strip on a skewer to produce a tube bead. When you get 3/4" from the end of your strip, apply some glue. Finish rolling and press the edge down firmly. Let dry.Step Two
Apply a paper sealant to the bead. I brush on a coat of varnish. Let dry.Step Three
Place curved bar of the bobby pin into the bead. Place the glued edge seam facing down so it doesn't show. If the inside of your bead spirals out, tap it on a flat surface and it will slip back inside. Apply Glossy Accents (or dimensional glue of your choice) to seal each end of the paper tube. This will hold the bobby pin in place and keep your paper bead from unfurling. Once the Glossy Accents dries clear and is no longer sticky, your bobby pin is ready to wear in your hair.
I hope you will try this tutorial and make some one of a kind bobby pins for yourself. Once you start you won't be able to stop!