DIY Jewelry: Make Bracelets with Kids {Magazine Recycle}

Today we have a great post about DIY jewelry for kids.  We’ve learned how to make bracelets with homemade beads and it is colorful, fun, and easy.  Kids Activities Blog hopes you enjoy this magazine recycle craft that you may even remember from your own childhood.

Magazine Bead Bracelets

DIY Jewelry

I’ve been trying to find something to do with all the parenting magazines we get in our house.  Then I remembered when I was a teenager, I used to spend hours in my room, cutting strips out of my teen magazines to make beads out of.  I made so many of them, I filled up an entire vase with them.  That’s when I realized that this would be a great activity that I could do with both my preschooler and my teenager.


To make magazine bead bracelets, you’ll need:

supplies for making magazine brackets

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • White school glue
  • Straw
  • pipecleaner (or yarn if you’d like to make a necklace)

To prepare, I cut various strips out of colorful magazine pages.  The strips ranged from 0.5 to 1.5 inches.

To make your own magazine beads for bracelets or necklaces:

  1. Start rolling a magazine strip firmly (but not tightly) around the straw.  Once it goes around one full time, put a few lines of glue down the inside length of the strip.
  2. Begin rolling the magazine strip around the straw.  Don’t worry if glue squeezes out, this is actually beneficial for the finished product.  Once the strip is completely wrapped, rub excess glue around it to firmly secure the end.
  3. Carefully slide it off of the straw by pushing the end of the bead that is farthest up the straw.  If there is glue residue on the straw, wipe it off or just cut off that piece and move up to the next section, otherwise, the magazine strip will stick to it and not come off cleanly.
  4. Place beads on a nonporous surface to drive.  Once the glue has dried, you can create your own bracelet.

how to make magazine bracelets

How to turn your magazine recycle into a bracelet:

We used pipe cleaners to thread our beads on.  It provided some good fine motor skill and hand-eye coordination practice for my 4.5 year old son.  After he had all of his beads on it, I just wrapped the ends of the pipe cleaner around the hoop and slide a bead over it.

Magazine bracelets and magazine beads


The ending result were cute bracelets that both my preschooler and teenager want to wear.  It makes me smile to think that I was able to bond with my kiddos over something that I spent so much time doing when I was young.

More Kids Activities

Kids love DIY jewelry that they can make.  What other ideas have your kids used to make bracelets?  For more DIY kids activities, take a look at these great ideas:

About Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned SAHM of two kiddos. Her blog, Crayon Freckles, is an eclectic mix of play, art, and learning activities. Mingled in are her perspectives on being a crunchy momma, having a long-haired hippy boy and using follow-your-gut parenting. See more of Andie on Crayon Freckles' Facebook page, on Pinterest or on her parenting teens site Why Does My Teen?