Get Rolling! A Review of 5 Kits for making Paper Beads – Updated

Paper crafts are very popular right now. Paper beads can be used to create your own unique DIY jewelry to wear or to give as gifts. I enjoy making paper jewelry which I occasionally sell at local craft fairs.

Although you can use lots of things to roll beads such as toothpicks and small tubes, sometimes it’s easier to use paper bead making kits, especially when you’re just getting started.

In this post, I decided to review 5 paper bead making kits that can be found online.

All of these kits are designed to help you or your favorite crafter turn ordinary paper into beautiful and unique rolled beads.

1. The Complete Paper Bead Jewelry Set

Creativitiy for Kids - The Complete Paper Bead Jewelry Set - Educational Toys

See the Complete Paper Bead Jewelry Set on Amazon

Cost: Approx $45 online

My overall impression: This is an all-in-one set that would make a perfect gift.

What do you get for your money?

  • 2 bead rollers
  • Pre-cut Paper
  • Cutting Template
  • Beading Tray
  • Paper Flowers and Sparkly bead accents
  • Glue for making the bead
  • Varnish for a shiny finish

What really stands out?

Although it’s a little pricey, unlike many other kits it contains everything the beginner beader needs to get started making paper jewelry. Since there are 2 rollers, you can make beads with a friend.

The included cutting template is helpful because once you run out of paper, you can see how you are supposed to cut the paper in order to make more beads.

Special considerations and best uses:

This is a great gift for the holidays.  No looking for extra supplies. Just open and create!

2. 4M Recycled Paper Beads Kit

See the 4M Recycled Paper Beads Kit on Amazon

Cost: Approx $8 to $10 online

My overall impression: This bead roller is for people who like things to be just a bit different. It’s focus is on green crafts and recycling. Not only can you make beads out of recycled paper with it, but you use your own 2L bottle to catch and store the beads.

What do you get for your money?

  • Bead winding tool
  • Precut Paper
  • Elastic string
  • Foam dabber brush to apply glue
  • Glue
  • Instructions for assembling the kit and making a simple bracelet.

What really stands out?

This is a unique design for a bead roller.

The bead roller attaches to a 2L bottle. (The bottle isn’t included.)  After using a handle to wind the paper strips into a bead, your new paper bead drops into the bottle.

This might be good to have in a tight space where you want to make beads but don’t have anywhere to put them.

Special considerations and best uses:

As long as you don’t put any glue on the outside of the bead, you should be okay with dropping beads into a bottle.  Otherwise, you probably don’t want to put the beads into a bottle if they are sticky or you will get a clump of beads!

The directions are a little sparse (1 page long), so you may have to do a little more research on your own when you are making beads.

It could be a little awkward to hold onto the roller, the bottle, and your paper at the same time. Some people recommend holding the bottle between your knees to stabilize everything while you are rolling. Because of this, it might be a little better for older kids and adults to use.

You can the see 4M Recycled Beads kit in action in this video:

3. Paper Bead Girl Roller

Paper Bead Girl Roller Kit-1/16 Inch

See the Paper Bead Girl Roller  -1/16 Inch on Amazon

Cost: Approx $23 online

My overall impression: This is a paper bead roller for crafters who want to design jewelry.

The Paper Bead Roller  is designed and made in the USA by the Paper Bead Girl. The patented design was chosen as a favorite product in BeadStyle Magazine in April 2011.

What do you get for your money?

  • Bead Roller (1/16 inch)
  • Instructions
  • Cutting Template

What really stands out?

A lot of attention was given to design of the bead roller and how easy it is to use. For example, the handle slides so you can pop the finished bead right off the roller.

This is the only paper bead roller that I’ve seen that tells you the size of the inner hole. This information is helpful for jewelry designers who want to use beads with specific size holes.

Special considerations and best uses:

The 1/16 inch hole bead roller is for more advanced bead makers, but with practice, older children should be able to use it as well.

The Paper Bead Roller Pro doesn’t come with other supplies, so you will need to have either cut your own paper or buy it.  This shouldn’t be a problem, since you can can recycle old magazines and newspaper for free!  You’ll also need glue when making beads.

Here’s demonstration of a roller by the Paper Bead Girl:

4. American Girl Crafts, Wrap and Roll Bracelet Kit

See the American Girl Crafts Bracelet Kit on Amazon

Cost: Approx $13 – $18 online

My overall impression:

This kit comes with a lot of supplies.  Since it has extra rolling tubes, this would be a good kit for a craft party, though you might have to get a few extra brushes for applying glue unless the crafters are going to share.

What do you get for your money?

  • Project booklet
  • 150 paper strips
  • 150 wooden beads
  • Craft glue
  • 1 foam brush
  • Clear string
  • 20 rolling tubes
  • 1 foam block

What really stands out?

The kit comes with a lot of items for making complete projects.  It can make up to 13 bracelets.

In addition, this kit comes with 20 rolling tubes, so you can give each person their own tube to role beads.

Special considerations and best uses:

You might want to replace clear string with elastic cord because clear plastic string can be hard to tie securely.

This is a kit that would be good for multiple people, like a children’s craft party.  However, with younger children, you may have to help them with rolling the beads.

If you are having a craft party with younger children, you may want to roll a bunch a beads ahead of time just in case they aren’t able to roll enough to make their own jewelry.

5. Paper Beads: Turn Simple Strips of Paper into Beautiful Beaded Jewelry by Anne Akers Johnson


See Paper Beads by Anne Akers Johnson on Amazon

ISBN-10: 1-59174-620-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-59174-620-1
Publication Date: 2009

Cost: Approx $13 to $22 online

My overall impression: This is a colorful book is a Klutz book which means it is part of a great series of how-to books.  It is a kit geared towards younger crafters such as preteen and teenage girls, though it could be easily used by adults. It’s a clear introduction to paper bead making with lots of photos and instructions.

It makes a good gift because all the supplies needed to make jewelry are included with the book.

What do you get for your money?

  • Spiral bound 54-page book with instructions and projects
  • 1 Bead Roller
  • Bead glaze (varnish) that you can use as glue.
  • Drying pedestal with toothpicks to hold the beads as they dry.
  • 200 precut strips of paper in various designs.
  • Elastic cord
  • Glass beads

What really stands out?

The kit comes with everything needed to get started with making paper jewelry.  There is no need to run to the store to pick up additional supplies just get started. It also has extensive instructions with photos showing how to make paper beads.

Paper Beads: Turn Simple Strips of Paper into Beautiful Beaded Jewelry won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. This award is a benchmark for excellence in children’s toys and media.

If you run out of supplies, you can buy extra rollers and supplies. (Though you can also use your own paper and other supplies.)

Special consideration and best uses:

This seems like a great book for older children and teens who can follow more comprehensive instructions and want to be able to make projects straight without a lot of supervision.

If you are crafting with young kids, you may need to help them understand the instructions.

I can see this an an excellent Christmas present or a something to take along on a vacation with the kids when you may not be able to get to a store.

Happy Beading!

Whether or not you use a kit to make beads is a matter of personal preference.  Either way, it’s a fun hobby that let’s you get as creative as you want while using easy-to-find supplies.

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