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Magazine-Paper Bead Gift Toppers

Glossy magazines have something e-readers never will: crisp, saturated pages you can repurpose in this genius way. Flip through old issues and snip parts of images containing colors and patterns you like. Then, turn your clippings into these bead-like toppers.

magazine paper beads

Photography: Jong Hyup

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2017


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  • Magazine pages

  • Scissors

  • White glue

  • Wooden skewer

  • Twine


  1. Cut skinny triangles out of magazine pages: 1 by 8 inches for smaller beads; 2 by 8 inches for larger ones.

  2. With image face-down, dab white glue onto long tip of triangle. Then, starting at wider end, use a wooden skewer to tightly roll triangle around itself into a bead shape, pressing down on glued tip to secure. Hold for a minute to set, then remove skewer and let dry.

  3. Thread twine through middle to attach to gifts.

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