An Upcycled Beaded Necklace on Zero Craft Budget

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rolled recycled paper bead jewellery pieces are more commonly produced in countries such as Uganda and The Philippines, within micro enterprise initiatives. Women are taught the technique of rolling strips of paper by hand, which are secured by glue and varnished to resemble small beads. Their paper beads are then assembled into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and sold to generate an income for underprivileged families, and pay for their children's education.

I've made my own paper beads using an empty cereal box, learning the technique through a Junk Wave workshop. The turquoise beads I found lying in the bottom of my craft box. Varnish? I could have bought some but instead used clear nail polish from my bathroom cabinet. How satisfying to make an accessory on a practically zero craft budget, using otherwise waste material.

Jeans: 3 years old (last clothing piece purchased new)
Boots: eBay (second hand)
Top: Banana Republic (op shop)
Cardigan: hand-me-down
Necklace: cereal box ;)



Reverse Clothing said...

I did this project with my daughter last year. So fun. :)

Gracie O'Tripp said...

Sounds like fun and great looking necklace.

Sucre said...

free is for me!

my thrifty closet said...

lovely lovely! I have seen these paper beads but have never tried making them yet. I think you did a wonderful job, who would have known they were made from cereal boxes!


Alison said...

These are fab, I must learn to make them!
Love your necklace!

Kim, USA said...

That is beautiful!


Adin B said...

It is funny you mentioned Philippines because I was just going to say that this reminds me of HS when our teacher taught us how to do this as our school project. I love this! :)

Accountant Melbourne said...

Nice accessories.

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