Paper beads are an excellent way of recycling old magazines. They're easy to make, non-toxic, and make colorful decorative jewelry. I got this idea from Susan Urband, my trusted teaching partner in all things creative. I also found a ton of web sites and videos for more DIY ideas from PaperUniversity, GoMakeSomething, SwapMamas, and a YouTube video from ThreadBangers. You'll find several methods to choose from when rolling paper beads. I found using the straw method was easier with small hands. It also keeps the bead from falling apart.
You'll need a paper cutter (or scissors) glue (or glue stick), a small brush, magazines, and Mod Podge (or any kind of non-toxic varnish will do).
Cut the paper into long skinny triangles. The size of the bead depends on the cut of your paper.
Glue the side that won't show.
To string the beads you can use whatever is on hand. I found a long ribbon from a pack of stationary I bought months ago. To add spacers use cuts of straw or add beads from recycled jewelry.