How to make Flower Beads out of Scrapbook Paper

No matter what time of year it is, I love flowers. These colorful paper flower beads are made using pieces of your favorite scrapbooking paper. You can make them more seasonal by making red and white ones the winter, orange and yellow ones in the fall, or pink ones in the spring. Or you can just experiment with using all sorts of fun paper patterns and colors!

Paper Bead Flowers from I Love Paper Beads

Paper Bead Flowers

Bead Making Supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Rhinestone (optional. I used a 7 mm rhinestone)
  • Glue (Elmers or Mod Podge)
  • Bead roller (toothpick, metal roller, small straw, etc.)
  • Small paintbrush for applying glue

Instructions for making Flower Beads:

1. For each flower bead, cut the following:

  • 12 inch x 1/2 inch strip (center of the flower)
  • 4 inch x 3/4 inch strip (pedals)
  • 4 inch x 1/4 inch strip (stringing hole/hanger)

Strips of paper for flower beads


2. Place the longest piece of paper (center of the flower) face down on your working surface.

3. About 2 inches from the edge of the  longest strip, glue the paper for making the “stringing hole”  face up and perpundicular to the long strip.

4. About 1 inch from the edge of the longest strip, glue the paper for the pedals  face up.

All 3 Strips Glued Together

5. Let glue dry for a few moments.

6. Cut strips in the pedal paper perpundicular to the long strip.  Cut each strip just down to where the strips are glued together.  Don’t cut through where they are glued together.

Cut Slits to Make Individual Pedals

7. Using a small paint brush, apply Elmers Glue or Mod Podge to the entire length of the strip. (Don’t apply to the cut part of the pedals or to the strip that becomes the hanger.)

8. Starting on the narrow edge, roll the strip to make the flower.

Rolling the Flower Bead


Rolled Flower (Hanger had not been rolled yet and is still sticking straight out.)

9. Cut the flower pedal that lies on the outside of the strip for the stringing hole/hanger.

Cut off the pedal outside which blocks the hanger.


10. To make the hole for stringing the bead, roll the perpendicular strip around a roller. Add a dab of glue and fix it to the outside of the flower


Roll to make the hanger for the bead


11. Slip the paper flower bead off of the roller, spread pedals gently, and let dry.


Side view of completed flower bead


12. If you want a little extra sparkle, glue a rhinestone on the center of the pedal. (You may have to experiment with the size of the rhinestone that you’ll need.)


Paper Flower Bead on a Ribbon! The rhinestone adds a little sparkle!

Slip your paper flower bead onto a ribbon and wear!

These flower  beads haven’t been sealed, but you can carefully brush them or spray them with a sealant if you want to make them a little more durable. See my post on How to Protect Your Beads for more info about sealing your beads.

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16 Responses to How to make Flower Beads out of Scrapbook Paper

  1. Furita
    August 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Oh these are cute! I’m going to try and make some of these tutoirals 8D

    I always wondered how paper beads are made, this will help so much on my costumes ^_^

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Dipa September 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Oooh! Lovely! I am so forwarding this link to my sis! She is getting married soon and as a part of the Indian wedding traditions, she has to display her crafts and creativity by making such items that will form a part of her trousseau. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. richa September 8, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    What a great use that scrapbook paper can be put into. These flowers are looking lovely. Thanks for this guide. I will surely try making some.

  4. Fatima September 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Thanks for the creative share. I love playing with all types of paper and I’ll definitely try these at home. This seems pretty easy.

  5. kevin September 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    My kids love using beads to make necklaces and they also love just about any kind of paper or paint related craft. So this is something that would be right down their alley, this missing the paint.

  6. Send Birthday Flowers in Houston TX September 23, 2012 at 8:41 am #

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  7. Aayna@love horoscope October 3, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    What a lovely share!! This share reminds me of childhood days, when I used to indulge in arts and crafts as a part of the curriculum. I still have many sheets of craft paper with me. I will surely try this out. Thanks for the share.

  8. Kristine@album for babies October 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    How creative! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Joy@Triathlon coaching October 5, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Nice :) Thanks for this informative guide, I’m sure my daughter and I will have a lot of fun trying this out!

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    These are some of the things I would really love to share with my kids. These will definitely delight my girls when I teach them about it next weekend! Nice share.

  11. Veronica@Landscape designs sydney October 9, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Wow! Very creative use of scrapbook paper! Never thought of that. I should try this for my little girl’s special project. Great idea, huh.

  12. Kelly@executive search October 11, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    This spells out a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing this very creative idea!

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    Too pretty for words! Great :)

  14. Sandra@Print manager software October 19, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    This is a very creative project you just posted here. I want to do this at home! I hope I’ll find time to do it next week.

  15. Send Birthday Flowers in Houston TX November 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Great tips! I love your tutorial . It seems very easy to follow. I can learn a lot from you the way you teach. Thank You!

  16. summer flower bouquets November 17, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Flowers have a way of melting hearts and soothing feuds and boosting moods.
    Thanks for the creative share. I love playing with all types of paper and I’ll definitely try these at home. This seems pretty easy. Loved the beautiful and so innovative designs to make flowers and use the scrap and make up some beautiful stuff. These are very innovative and different designs.
    Thanks for the post!