Don’t know what to do with your extra paper beads? Make twisted wire jewelry!

The other day, I was wondering what to do with some random paper beads I had laying around.  There were a lot of colors and different shapes, and I thought they might look nice as a big chunky bunch of beads.

I found a YouTube video on how to make a twisted choker necklace by BeadTV. (You can see the video at the bottom of this post.)  So, grabbing up my beads and some 20 gauge wire and my tools, I followed the instructions on how to make a choker.


Twisted Wire Necklace with Paper Beads

Twisted wire necklace the uses up leftover paper beads

The real beauty of this is that the different sizes and textures of the different beads gave the necklace a fun artsy feel. I didn’t have to worry about matching — it was time to let my inner kindergartner run free!

Next, I was inspired to make a bracelet using silver plate, antique brass, and gold colored wires.  I also put in some sparkly glass beads and few silver beads, and this turned out even better which made me super happy! (Happy dance time!)

Twisted Wire Bracelet with Paper Beads

Twisted Wire Bracelet with Paper Beads


I finished both the necklace and the bracelet up with a simple handmade hook and eye clasp.

Twisted Wire Bracelet Clasp

Back of the twisted wire bracelet with my little clasp 

Want to learn how to make a twisted wire necklace? Check out Bead TV’s “Twisted Wire Choker” Video:


Want to learn how to make a hook clasp? Check out Beadaholique’s “Make a Simple Hook Clasp” Video :


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