Jewelry from Repurposed Paper

How to Make Jewelry from Repurposed Paper

There are many ways to repurpose paper, and one of the most unique is to use it to make jewelry. You can create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings from recycled paper, and the results can be stunning. Not only will you be saving valuable resources by using recycled materials, but you’ll also be creating one-of-a-kind jewelry that is sure to get noticed.

What Types of Jewelry Can I Make from Paper?

The sky is the limit when it comes to creating jewelry from paper. You can make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, and even brooches. The only limitation is your imagination.

Tips on how to make jewelry from repurposed paper:

1. Look for interesting papers to use. old maps, comic books, wrapping paper, and even recycled candy wrappers can make great jewelry. Be sure to choose papers that are colorful and have interesting patterns or designs.

2. Cut or tear the paper into small pieces. You’ll need very small pieces of paper to create jewelry, so it’s best to start with smaller sheets or cut the paper into thin strips.

3. Glue the pieces of paper onto jewelry findings. You can use a hot glue gun to attach the paper pieces to earring findings, bobby pins, ring blanks, and other jewelry components.

Don’t forget the tools, Must-Have Tools for Making Jewelry

4. Let the glue dry completely. Be sure to let the glue dry completely before wearing the jewelry, as wet glue can be uncomfortable.

5. Enjoy your unique new jewelry!

Making Paper Bead Jewelry

One of the most popular ways to make jewelry from paper is to create paper beads. These beads can be strung together to make bracelets, necklaces, and even earrings.


To make paper beads, you’ll need:




-Craft glue

-Paint or markers (optional)

Directions to Make Paper Bead Jewelry

Step 1: Cut the paper into thin strips. You’ll need to use very thin strips of paper to make beads, so it’s best to start with a small piece of paper. If you’re using a standard 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper, you can cut it into strips that are 1/4 inch wide.

Step 2: Roll the paper strip around a toothpick. Start at one end of the strip and roll it tightly around the toothpick. Be sure to keep the paper tight as you roll, as this will ensure that your bead is nice and round.

Step 3: Slide the toothpick out of the paper. You should now have a paper bead that looks like a small tube.

Step 4: Glue the end of the paper bead shut. Use a small amount of craft glue to attach the end of the bead shut. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 to make additional beads. You can make as many beads as you’d like, and you can experiment with different sizes and shapes of paper.

Step 6: String the beads together. Once all of your beads are dry, you can string them together to create a bracelet, necklace, or earring. You can also add other beads, charms, or findings to the jewelry for a more unique look.

Creating Jewelry from Recycled Paper

There are many different ways to create jewelry from recycled paper. You can cut or tear the paper into small pieces and glue them onto findings, or you can roll the paper into beads and string them together. You can also experiment with different shapes and sizes of paper to create unique pieces of jewelry.

Make a unique DIY Jewelry Box to store your newly crafted jewelry.


No matter which method you choose, the results will be stunning and sure to get noticed. Not only are you saving valuable resources by using recycled materials, but you’re also creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that are sure to become conversation starters. So why not give it a try? You may be surprised at just how much fun it can be to make jewelry from recycled paper.

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