2. Sprinkle on a little glitter to add a little bling to your beads.
Coat your bead with a thin layer glue or Mod Podge and then sprinkle or roll in sparkly glitter. Or you can add glitter directly to the sealant before you brush the sealant onto your bead.
I like using Folk Art – Extreme Glitter by Plaid which is clear acrylic paint with very fine glitter already in it. It comes in several colors and can be found at your local craft store or online at Amazon.
3. Paint designs on paper beads with fabric paint.
The little squeeze bottles that many of the fabric paints come in make it easy to do precise placement. You can make all sorts of designs with the paints and they come in lots and lots of colors. Be careful and wait for the beads to fully dry after painting on the fabric paint.
I’ve been wanting to try the glow-in-the-dark fabric paint and seeing what kind of cool beads could be made with that!
4. Make metallic paper beads with rub-on metallic finish.
Just because your beads aren’t metallic doesn’t mean they can’t look like it.
Try rubbing on Waxed Metallic Finish by Plaid for metallic highlights. Just be sure to seal the bead afterwards so the finish will stay in place.
5. Wrap up beads with jewelry wire.
Try out different types and gauges of wire. Jewelry wire comes in lots of different colors and can be coordinated with your beads. Try wrapping them in different ways. For example, wrap it right around the middle like a yoyo.
I love how paper beads can be decorated in different ways, and I hope these suggestions help get the creative juices flowing!