Magazine Page Bead Covered Vase

by Johnnie Collier

Recycled Magazine Paper Bead Vase

Don’t you love the recycled paper crafts taking over the craft world these days?  If you have been here before, you probably know that I am mildly obsessed with them.  Awhile back, I showed you this coiled magazine page vase.  It is gorgeous, but took a century to make and is not water friendly.  That, combined with the fact that I have rolled literally thousands of paper beads over the last couple of months, led me to create this glass carafe wrapped with magazine page beads. (For awesome video on how to make your own paper beads, see this post).

Magazine page bead vase

It took close to 1000 paper beads; 988 to be exact.  I strung a clear glass seed bead every 4th paper bead as well.  So, while it was a simple project, it, like all the paper coil and paper bead projects, is time consuming.  It didn’t seem like that long since I spread it over a long period.  I used fishing line, and strung about 30 beads at a time, placed a bead buddy after the last strung bead to hold the strand taut, and began wrapping around the carafe, adhering the strand with a dot of hot glue ever 10 beads or so.  I just kept on until I got to the top of the carafe where I ran out of paper beads I wanted the beads to end.  I sealed the whole beaded area with 2 coats of Mod Podge.

recycled paper vase

I can put real flowers in here, with water and everything!  And I got to use up my stash of extraneous paper beads that didn’t find their way into a piece of jewelry.  If all that weren’t enough to make me the happiest crafter, the carafe came from my neighbor’s recycle pile.  Score!

Paper bead crafts

Magazine page bead vase

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1 Paula December 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

that is so awesome, I’ve made several magazine beads, and never thought to use them like that, great idea!!!!!

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2 simona - artsy ants December 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

wow, i can imagine it takes forever to make. 988 beads?! did your fingers hurt in the end? :)
i’ve seen several projects with magazine paper beads, but this one inspired me to pin it to my pinterest bard for future reference…

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3 Alecia December 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

This is amazing! I love all the different colors and that it’s actually useful. I’ve pinned this for my post-Christmas craft adventures. New follower from Nifty Thrifty Sunday

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4 Katie from Sew Woodsy December 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

This is gorgeous!!! Great job as always!

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5 Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust December 19, 2011 at 1:14 am

Wow, this turned out great. And it looks like a labor of love!

Warmly, Michelle

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6 Haley December 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

This looks amazing! I wouldn’t have thought to use magazine beads, but I like it more than just using strips of paper to make a vase or jar. Really creative. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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7 cucicucicoo August 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

oh my gosh, that is amazing! i cannot believe how much time that must’ve taken, but it’s gorgeous! :) lisa

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