Layers of old newspaper are glued together to make a bracelet. (Yay, this is a recycled craft!) The newspaper layers help to make this bangle type bracelet sturdy.
Then, colorful scrapbooking paper is used to decorate the inside and outside.
Finally, add some rhinestones for extra bling, and you’ll have a unique handmade bracelet that you made yourself!
Supplies for making a paper bracelet:
- Scrapbook paper. (From your favorite local craft or scrapbooking store. You can also buy scrapbook paper online.) Use a light weight paper. (Text weight or slightly heavier.) It will be more flexible and easier to work with than the heavy cardstock weights.
- Glue (My favorite is Mod Podge because it also can be used as a sealant when you are finished making the
- Something to wrap the paper around. I used a soda can. You need to make the bracelet big enough to slip over your wrist.
- Paint brush to spead the glue. (I like 1-inch foam brushes because if I forget to rinse out the glue, I’m not too upset to throw them away.)
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Flat backed rhinestones or other shiny bling. I used 10mm faceted acrylic rhinestones.
- Acrylic paint. I used bright gold Lumiere acrylic paint by Jacquard.
- Sandpaper – fine or medium grit
Step 1 – Cut paper
Decide on the height of the bracelet. The one shown above is 3/4 inches tall.
Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut long strips of newspaper 3/4 inches wide.
Cut 2 strips of scrapbook paper 3/4 wide and long enough to fit around the soda can with at least an inch or 2 inches of overlap.
I wanted a contrasting color band on the outside of the bracelet, so I also cut several long strips of newspaper 1/2 inches wide. Then cut 1 strip of the the contrasting scrapbook paper 1/2 wide and long enough to fit around the can with some overlap.
Step 2 – Glue the inside of the bracelet
Pick up the scrapbook piece that will line the inside of the bracelet. Place it so that the pattern faces the soda can.
Start wrapping and add glue where the strip overlaps. (Be careful not to get glue on the can.)
Step 3 – Glue the middle layers of the bracelet
Once you’ve glued several layers on, you may want to remove the paper from the can and keep wrapping. (The soda can’s a little heavy, and once you’ve gotten the initial shape of the bracelet, it’s easier to wrap the paper without having the can in the middle.)
Continue doing this until the layers of paper are about 1/8 inch thick.
Step 4 – Glue scrapbook paper to the the outside of the bracelet
Glue the 3/4 inch thick scrapbook strip around the outside of the bracelet
Step 5 – Add the contrasting color band to the outside
Glue a couple strips of the narrower (1/2 inch) newspaper around the outside of the bracelet so that it centered.
Then glue the narrower scrapbook paper on.
Step 6 – Dry
Coat the inside and outside of the bracelet with a sealant such as ModPodge.
Let dry completely for about 24-48 hours.
Step 7 – Decorate
If you want to add some bling, glue on the rhinestones.
For a more finished look, sand the top and bottom edges. Paint edges with gold paint.
Get creative and make lots of other types of bracelets!
You can use all types of decorative paper to make these bracelets. Experiment with different heights and different thicknesses.
If you don’t want to use scrapbooking paper, try using just newspaper and painting the bracelet when it’s dry.
You can also experiment with wrapping string or yarn around the outside of the bracelet to add your own style.
Click on the Photos below to see the item on Amazon.