Hello everyone! I’m here today to share some of my favorite handmade embellishments: paper beads and tassels. These are simple ways to create customized touches for your layout that add a lot of pop.
To start this layout, you need to decide on the size and shape of your paper beads. There are many ways to use paper beads and you can completely customize how you want them to look. I chose to do the more long, skinny type of beads because I was originally going to do a banner type design. To make this type of bead, I started with a strip of paper that is approximately 2 inches wide by 5-6 inches long. I then cut it in half diagonally. This creates 2 of our bead bases.
Starting at the long end of the paper, use your curling tool (I use a knitting needle) and start rolling your bead. If your paper is stiff and not wanting to roll nicely, use your finger and rub the paper to get it to start curling. Then try your curling tool again. You want to keep the paper rolling to the middle of the bead so that when you get to the end, the end of the paper is in the middle of the bead. Add liquid adhesive or hot glue to hold the bead together. I just glue the last half inch or so to hold the whole bead. Repeat as many times in as many colors as desired.
Play around with the width of your bead base to change the size of the bead. You can even cut the strip with a scalloped edge or zigzag edge for a more interesting bead. It is completely up to your imagination with this DIY embellishment!
For the tassels, you are going to use your fringe scissors, cut file, or regular scissors and create a strip of fringe. My strips were about 2 inches wide by 8 inches long. Once the strip is complete, I cut it in half. Then using your curling tool, roll the fringe up and secure the edge with adhesive. Again if the paper is stiff, use your fingers to get it to start curling then try again. I then cut little strips of paper and wrapped it around the tops of each tassel.
The last step is to assemble your layout! Like I said my original idea was to create a banner that went across the page. But I had laid them out in this configuration and fell in love with it! I used my hot glue gun to adhere the beads and tassels to the Sweet Tooth cardstock background. The sequins are some of my favorites from SpiegelMom Scraps called Tweaky Teal. I added my photo and a simple gold glitter title and I was done!
Daisie (Daisie’s Scraps)
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