A variety of different papers, I have found that the thinner /
more flexible the paper, the easier the bead is to make. I used
several different weights, textures & types of papers & had
varying results with each. I liked wrapping paper the best. It didn't
curl as much as the Origami paper or tear like tissue papers will and
there are thousands of patterns to choose from.
Glue, I used Mod Podge", it is available in, gloss luster
(it dries clear & shiny) & matte finish (it dries clear &
not as shiny). Use what ever glue you like best.
Scissors or a paper cutter (I found the paper cutter to be much
easier & faster)
Coffee stirs (from your local fast food restaurant) Get
the round ones that look like thin straws. Cotton Swabs (The
cotton swabs are rather short & allow for 1 bead per stick, the
coffee stirs allow for 2-3 per stick). Be sure to use a plastic stick,
the beads will stick to a wooden stick such as a
shish-ka-bob stick. As you will see a few drying in the rack below. I
found this out the hard way.
A shallow cardboard box, slightly wider than the longest
coffee stir or swab.
A paint brush for applying the glue.
If you are using cotton swabs, remove all the cotton from the ends.
Dont throw this away because you can use it as an added touch to your
Take your card board box & cut notches along both of the long
sides. This is what you will be hanging your sticks from so the
beads can dry.
Cut your papers into ½" ¾" wide strips, about
6" in length at an angle. The paper cutter makes this much faster.
(Wide at one end, narrow on the other) The longer you cut your strip,
the thicker (bigger) the bead will be when finished.