Summer Camp - Missy's Magazine Beads

Hi everyone! It’s guest blogger, Missy here again. I’ve been interested in arts and crafts ever since I could hold a crayon. I love to use things that would otherwise be thrown away to make something new and useful. It’s a special feeling to make “something” out of “nothing.”

Everyone has old magazines laying around their house. They’re hard to throw away. But aren’t very useful after we’re done reading/looking through them. This is a fun project using those old magazines that are just collecting dust.


  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • A marker
  • A straight sided pen
  • Glue
  • A ruler
  • Yarn


  1. Look through your magazines for pages with lots of color (image doesn’t matter) and rip one out.
  2. Turn your page over and identify the long straight side, the ripped edge, the top and the bottom of the paper.
  3. Take your ruler and hold it along the top edge. Measure in ½” from the long straight side and make a mark with your marker.
  4. From the ½” mark, measure 1” and make a mark. Continue measuring and making marks at 1” intervals all the way across the top to the ripped edge.
  5. Now hold your ruler along the bottom of the page, measure 1” inch intervals all the way across the edge, again making marks with your marker.
  6. Use your ruler to draw a straight line from the ½” mark at the top of the page to the bottom corner (where the bottom meets the long straight edge).
  7. Now use your ruler to draw a straight line from the ½” mark to the first 1” mark on the bottom.
  8. Draw lines back and forth across the page, from top to bottom, connecting 1” marks. It will be a giant zig-zag.
  9. Use your scissors to cut along each line you drew. You’ll end up with a bunch of very long triangle shaped pieces, 1” wide on one end and pointed on the other.
  10. Take your pen and a long triangle and start wrapping the long triangle around the pen starting with the 1” wide end (make sure your marker marks and lines are on the inside so they will be hidden).
  11. When you’ve wrapped the long triangle around the pen once, take out your glue and apply it to the inside all the way to the point.
  12. Keep wrapping the long triangle around the pen until you get all the way to the point.
  13. Hold it tightly for a few seconds while the glue dries, then carefully slide the finished beads off the end of the pen.
  14. Repeat for each long triangle.
  15. Take your yarn and measure about how long you’d like a necklace or a bracelet, and add an extra foot or so. Cut your yarn.
  16. String your beads on your yarn and tie it to your wrist or neck with a bow.

Magazine bead jewelry is cool and beautiful! A necklace or bracelet also make great gifts for a friend or family member. If you want to make tons and tons of magazine beads, you can string them up and make a garland to decorate for the holidays. Have fun!

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