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Paper is one of the most versatile materials for jewelry making. Let your creativity flow when making these colorful bracelets, brooches, and necklaces.
All you need to make these chunky, cheerful bangles is white acrylic paint and tissue paper.
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It's hard to believe these glitzy bangles began as humble paper-towel tubes. Prepare for the party by slicing the tubes into rings with a utility knife. Wait until kids are finished decorating with paper cutouts, feathers, and buttons before you snip the rings open for wearing -- gluing is easier when they're still intact.
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Gold Paper Necklace
You'll truly shine with this gold circle cutout necklace. Use craft punches to cut different-size circles from gold paper. Adhere to gold cord with fabric glue.
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We used only the finest materials -- crepe paper, a feather, and stars and ribbon -- to create this chic pin. After all, a party calls for fancy wear. The concept is simple: Layer items on a triangle precut from card stock, then add a self-adhesive pin backing (available at crafts stores).
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Craft a ghostly necklace using simple supplies. Draw ghost outlines on parchment paper using white glue; let set five seconds. Fill in with more glue. Let dry two days, and peel off. Draw face with felt-tip pen. Punch small holes at top; weave string through.
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A wristful of paper-and-metal key-tag charms makes its own music.
To make the bracelets, you will need key tags and stickers (available at office-supply stores), a chain bracelet and jump rings (available at jewelry-supply or crafts stores), and needle-nose pliers. Decorate the tags after removing the rings that come with them. If your decorations cover the holes on the tags, use a mini hole punch to repunch the holes. Using the pliers, open a jump ring, insert a tag, loop it to a link of the bracelet, then close the jump ring.
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Flowers crafted from colorful tissue or crepe paper are graceful, inexpensive to make, and always in season.
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Christmas Card Necklace
Give old Christmas cards more hang time by cutting them out and stringing them together. They're shown in garland form here, but can easily be made into a necklace. Use craft punches (or trace a round object and cut out). Attach to heavy thread with stickers; rub with craft stick to secure.