Images of colorful rolled paper beads, a cat wears a strand of paper beads, illustrations of craft supplies

Last year DDCSP hosted a Craft Night with Keren Alfred (UW '15, ALC 3 ). Keren did an amazing job of leading us through a bead making workshop, and we chatted about our creative practices during COVID isolation. We could all agree that bead making is a great calming activity if you’ve got a lot on your mind or are feeling anxious. If you’d like to do the project yourself, the steps are all below for you to make your own beautiful paper beads.

What you'll need:

  1. Scrap paper, old magazines, newspaper etc.
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue
  4. Toothpick
  5. Pencil or pen
  6. Ruler


  1. Use your ruler to trace out a triangular template on the back of your paper. The thinner the triangle, the thinner your bead will be. The wider the triangle, the thicker your bead will be.
  2. Cut triangular bead outlines.
  3. Place a toothpick or whatever you're using to roll your bead at the base of the triangle and place a drop of glue at the top. 
  4. Roll your bead around the toothpick tightly from the base to the point.
  5. Remove your bead from the toothpick. 
  6. Thread beads into a cat necklace like one of our workshop participants did! 

If you have a webinar or workshop you'd like to facilitate, contact!