For Her: Paper-Bead Jewelry

paper-beads-120108Got some old magazines lying around your house? You can transform them into unique and colorful beads to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other jewelry for the girls and women on your Christmas list.

Sounds cheesy? You might be surprised: just check out the beautiful baubles (BeadforLife) that women in Uganda have created to help pull themselves out of povery.

You’ll find easy directions for making rolled paper beads at Paper University. (Hint: if you want to ensure your paper jewelry remains waterproof, coat the beads with lacquer — if you have any at home — or even a layer or two of clear nail polish.)

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