Let’s learn the easy way to make paper beads. Use paper you already have or print our cool free paper bead template art. Before you know it you will be making your own pretty rainbow paper beads. Making paper beads was a favorite craft of mine as a child. Paper beads are fun to make at home or in the classroom.

Text: Make Paper Rainbow Beads - finished rainbow beads shown laced on a colorful string - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make paper beads!

How to Make Rainbow Paper Beads

Rainbow crafts are so much fun because you can use so many different colors. You can create with the whole rainbow, or just pick a few of your favorites and combine with your friends.

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You can make a bunch of paper beads from any kind of paper and then make necklaces, bracelets and other fun accessories. I’ve got a free printable rainbow craft  sheet for you to use so you can make these really colorful rainbow beads.

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Paper Bead ARt TEmplate You Can Print

Rainbow Beads - DIY Paper Beads to Make Jewelry printed art template with colorful triangles of artwork pdf
Use our printable paper bead art template ((grab our pinwheel template here)!

Materials Needed to Make Paper Beads

Instructions to Make Rainbow Paper Beads

Step 1

Step 1 - Make Rainbow Paper Beads - cut the triangles from the printable paper bead template with scissors

Cut out each of the color strips from the printed paper bead artwork template sheet with scissors.

Step 2

Step 2 - Make Rainbow Paper Beads - roll paper on toothpick
  1. Using pincher fingers, wrap paper strip, wide end first, around a toothpick.
  2. Add a bit of glue to the last 1-2″ of paper and then roll completely.

Step 3

Step 3 - How to Make paper beads - Tiny rainbow paper bead

Remove from toothpick and let the glue dry.

Tip: don’t roll the paper too tightly or it will be difficult to not only remove from the toothpick, but it will also be hard to thread the bead on to your project.

Step 4

Once all the beads are dry, thread them on to a piece of twine or yarn to make your accessories.

Step 4 - How to Make paper beads - threading the beads

Threading tip: Add some tape to the end of the twine, about 1″ long. Trim to a pointed shape. This will stiffen the twine and allow little hands to thread their beads on a bit easier.

Step 4b - Make Rainbow Paper Beads - tip for threading beads on yarn

Finished Paper Beads

A whole pile of rainbow paper beads finished and colorful

Download this Free printable Rainbow Bead page designed by Jen Goode

These rainbow paper beads make a great kids activity for parties too!

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Paper Bead Craft

Image shows a rainbow made with paper beads . Idea from KAB

Use our printable paper bead template artwork to create these lovely paper beads you can make for jewelry and decoration.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • Printable Rainbow Bead Activity sheet designed by Jen Goode
  • Yarn or twine


  • Scissors
  • Glue – I like Aleene’s because it sticks really nicely
  • Toothpicks


  1. Print the rainbow art paper bead template.
  2. Cut out the triangle strips with scissors.
  3. Starting at the wide portion of the triangle, wrap it around a toothpick slightly loosely.
  4. Secure the end with a little glue.
  5. Remove the toothpick
  6. Let the paper bead dry.
  7. Lace paper beads onto string, yarn or twine.

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This is a great group activity for the summer too. The kids love to compare the beads and see how quickly they can make them.  I hope you have fun making your own rainbow beads!

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