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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Little Halloween Decorating~

Hello, this is Sara from www.sarawandrews.com.
I thought I would do a little special Halloween decorating of Me And Ashlyn!

I have wanted to make my own paper beads for a while now, and when I flipped through the DCWV The Bewitched Stack I knew it was time.

I chose two patterned papers, a glitter polka dot paper and the gorgeous orange glitter cardstock.  Love it!
I used CCR to stretch a simple triangle from the George cartridge for my beads.
I made two different sizes one being 1.5" wide and the other .75" wide.
The length of your triangle will determine the thickness of your bead.

Wrapping the beads~

I used a kitchen skewer to wrap the paper around and glued the ends with Glossy Accents.

Finished bead~

I set them aside to dry for a few hours.

Now comes the fun part.
I dug into the wonderful collection of Blue Moon Beads that DCWV sent me to make my jewelry. Thanks DCWV!!

My orange bead necklace and bracelet~

My black bead necklaces~

A full view~

I must share that these were super easy and fun to make.
I even made all those paper beads without gluing my fingers together. Yippee!

And even better was the fact that my teenage daughter was actually a little excited to try the jewelry on.
She even smiled while wearing them. Double Yippee!!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed by: Sara W. Andrews

Cartridges Used: George and Basic Shapes for triangles cut at 1.5 x 11.04" and .75 x 8.5"
Cricut Machine Used: Cricut Expression

Project Type: Jewelry

Project Theme: Halloween
Other Supplies Used: DCWV The Bewitched Stack and The Bewitched Cardstock Stack
Blue Moon Beads: Glass Pearls, Shell Beads and Clear Transite Cord
Glossy Accents and Jewelry Essentials Findings


  1. Very pretty! Loved making these beads long ago with my daughter! Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  2. Wow...these are wonderful! Lee-Ann :)

  3. Sara your jewelry turned out beautiful. I've never tried making my own beads, but you have inspired me. I love that I can choose any papers I want and that I already have everything I would need to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sara, your jewelry is so cool! I never thought of doing that with my Cricut and it is always something I always wanted to try. With your directions, I think I can do it.

  5. Omgoodness. Those are awesome! You have inspired me to try making my own beads. :)

  6. Wow!! Sara, you did an amazing job on your jewelry!!

  7. Your jewelry is very pretty. I might have to try this

  8. Oh, this is too much fun! I'll need to put this on my list of things to try :-)

  9. WOW ! I just love your paper jewelry you made. So fun to celebrate Halloween.

  10. Sara those are beautiful!

  11. Sara - how did I miss this the other day??? I soooooo need to make this. Looks so elegent yet very easy to make. GREAT Idea and thanks for the tutorial.

  12. I've made some of these paper bracelets and have gotten rave reviews from the people who got them. I need to branch out into necklaces and do some for the holidays. Yours are wonderful and I love how the paper patterns and beads make them so seasonal!

  13. Wow! I am so impressed by these! I have seen these before, but you make them look so easy to create! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing this fabulous project with us!

  14. They are so cute! I'm gonna need to try to make them with DGD! maybe a halloween one! Thanks for the inpsiration and sharing details!

  15. Terrific beads! Great tutorial.

  16. Thanks for the tutorial. I would never think to make beads out of paper! Your jewelry came out great!

  17. These are cool. I've never tried this but have always wanted to!

  18. PAPER beads : O ????????????!!! What will they think up next????!! These all look so awesome!! And a smile from DD...double YIPPEE!!!!!!

  19. Love the paper beads -- your jewelry is beautiful!!


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