Kid Art Project Ideas

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Paper bead rolling became popular in Victorian times, when ladies were keen to create decorations to enhance the look of their homes and also provide a practicle hobby. Scraps of wallpaper were hand rolled into beads which were strung onto long lengths of yarn. A large number of these were then hung to create a curtain room divider.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Making paper beads into jewellery was popular in the 1920's and 1930's. The earliest documented example of paper bead jewellery dates from 1917. Nowadays paper bead making is enjoyed by children as a way of keeping them entertained and expressing their creativity, and by adults wishing to create beautiful items of jewellery.

So, how do you make paper beads? Well that depends on the shape you want!

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).
  • The easiest shape is probably cylindrical and for that you will need brightly coloured paper, which could be a sheet of plain art paper, not too heavy though, or pages from a magazine with a variety of different colours or any scrap wall paper in the colour scheme required.
  • Cut the paper into strips, using a craft knife, anywhere between 4 and 7 inches long, in the shape of a long triangle, 1 to 1.5 inches wide at one end and tapering to a point at the other.
  • You will need a dowel to roll the paper around. A good alternative is a toothpick, skewer or round paint brush handle, depending on how thick you want the bead to be.
  • Apply craft glue carefully to the wrong side of the paper starting at the wide end 3/4 inch from the end. Roll the triangle round the dowel until all the paper is rolled on to it.
  • Make sure the narrow end has stuck firmly and ensure no glue touches the dowel otherwise it will be difficult to remove from the bead.
  • Glaze the bead with a solution of one part glue and three parts water, or a clear varnish, allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Repeat and make lots more! Experiment with length and thickness according to what you want to use it for. Always make sure the paper is tightly rolled so it doesn't unravel in use.

Why not try making round paper beads as an alternative!

  • Find a unwanted newspaper and tear into pieces.
  • Put pieces of paper into a cooking pot and pour enough boiling water over the paper to cover.
  • Leave for an hour.
  • Stir to break down the paper and then drain.
  • Add enough clear glue to help the paper hold together.
  • Roll the paper into balls, squeezing out a much water as possible while rolling.
  • Dry for a few days, rolling regularly until dry.
  • Sand each bead with fine sandpaper to smooth rough edges,
  • Drill a hole in each bead to the required size according to the gauge of stringing material to be used.
  • Paint each bead with craft paint.
  • Varnish for protection.

Now to create beautiful jewellery!

The cylinder beads lend themselves to be made into earrings as they are light. String three or four together of the desired length and attach to the ball end loop of an earwire and you are done.

Thread together round and/or cylinder paper beads with complementary coloured button or glass beads, onto craft wire of the required length to make a necklace. Ensure the glass beads are bigger than the hole in the paper beads. Attach a larger feature bead to each end if desired. Secure the ends by bending the wire round to form a loop.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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