Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wearable Art: Paper Beads made from Gelli® Prints

Hi everyone— it's Regina on the blog today! 

We all know Gelli® printing is totally addicting! And as a result of our enthusiasm for printing, we have tons of prints begging to be used! Here’s a fun way to make your finished Gelli® monoprints into wearable art! Paper beads!

Paper beads are fun and easy to make. They are a great way to use up some finished prints and a perfect project for using those little leftover pieces of prints you have been saving!

First, decide what type of bead you might like to make! They are all sorts of designs that already exist or you could even create your very own! These are some that I have used. The beads in this picture are an inch wide and five inches long. The smaller ones are pieces that were cut off the longer ones.

Then, cut out a ton of the paper beads in the shape you desire.

Next, gather your Glossy Mod Podge, an old paint brush or sponge, and a paperclip. Unfold the paperclip until it is in the shape of a long “L.”

Create a very small fold on one end of your short sides to help you start rolling the paper bead.

Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back side of your paper for the bead. Begin rolling your paper bead around the paper clip.

You may need to apply more Mod Podge before finishing rolling the bead since it dries rather quickly. Roll all the way until the tip of your paper is wrapped around the bead or if you prefer you can trim the tip of the paper off.

Paint the Glossy Mod Podge all around the outside of your bead to create the glossy finished look! Allow plenty of time to for your beads to dry. As an added bonus, the beads can stay wrapped around the paperclip while drying!

Tip: While you are waiting for them to dry, you can lay the paperclips across the lid of your Mod Podge or a little paper cup, so they aren’t touching the table!

Once your beads are all finished and dry you can then create beautiful wearable art with them! These are some pieces of jewelry I have made using my Gelli Arts® paper beads. You can further embellish your finished beads with markers, acrylic paint, or Tulip Dimensional paint, like I did on the yellow necklace and earrings! I love how it adds my personal touch!




The list of possibilities is endless! If you give it a try, we’d love to see your results!

Here are the materials used to create the paper beads:

            • Finished Gelli® Prints
            • Ruler
            • Pencil
            • Scissors
            • Glossy Mod Podge
            • Paint brush or Sponge brush
            • Paper clips
            • Markers for embellishment
Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli retailer near you!

Have Fun & Happy Printing!


  1. Great idea! I love all your pretty paper beads.

  2. These are all absolutely beautiful Joan. Thanks for sharing such a lovely idea.
    Fliss x

    1. Hi @Fliss! Thanks for the comment :) Just for the record, this blog post was written by Regina - our K-12 education specialist. We will be sure she sees your kind comment!

  3. Looks great but question: how easily do the beads come off the paper clip wire? Thanks for any replies! xoxo

    1. They just slide right off when they are dry! If the Mod Podge is connecting your bead to the clip, then just twist until they slide off!
      Thanks for your question!

  4. all of these are totally amazing!! Looks like lots of fun and I think I am going to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Can you tell me what type of paper you have used for the Gelli prints for these beads?

  6. Your blog is very useful for me.I really like you post.Thanks for sharing.


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We will try my best to answer your questions and provide good, helpful information in a timely manner.

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Happy Printing!
Gelli Arts®

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