How to Use Tissue Paper to Make Paper for Beads – Video Tutorial

Creating paper beads from decorated paper is a great way to get unique colors for your handmade jewelry projects.

Tissue paper is a fast and easy way to make custom paper for your beads and results in creative color combinations that you might not be able to easily find in store-bought or magazine paper.

Experimenting with different color combinations results in exciting one-of-a-kind beads.  Your paper beads can be used for making jewelry and other craft projects.

This short video tutorial shows you how to create paper for handmade beads using tissue paper:


  • Tissue Paper (A couple small sheets of several different colors)
  • Mod Podge diluted to 1:1 ratio with water.
  • 1 Sheet of Paper (Newspaper, printer paper, a sheet junk mail etc.)
  • Paint Brush
  • Wax paper to protect your working surface


  • 2-3 minutes to make the paper
  • A couple hours for the paper to dry

Final Paper after using Tissue Paper.  It’s all ready to beadmaking!


Paper Decorated with Tissue Paper all cut for beads

The paper has been cut to roll into the paper beads.


Beads Decorated with Tissue Paper

Beads Decorated with Tissue Paper

If you don’t know how to make paper beads, check out my tutorial on How to Make Rolled Paper Beads.

Earrings made from Finished Paper.  I love how there are different shades of the reds and yellows.



5 Responses to How to Use Tissue Paper to Make Paper for Beads – Video Tutorial

  1. Julie A Bolduc July 5, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    I love the tissue paper idea! I am going to have to try this very soon! Very clever! I have several sheets of interesting tissue papers I could use for this! Thank you for the video! I tried to post the comment on You Tube but the Post button is not there for me so I am posting the comment here.

    • Dara July 5, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Thanks, Julie!

  2. Mandy July 9, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    How gorgeous the tissue paper is. The colors are so vivid. I love how it is slightly see-through. I will definitely be trying this method!
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    • Dara July 9, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks! I think it’s the translucency that really attracts me to using the tissue paper. :)

  3. Niranjana October 15, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I did this it came nicely thank you Dara.