Frugal Fashion: How to Make a Beaded Necklace from Recycled Magazines




N.B: You don’t need to spend thousands of money to look fabulous and in-sync with fashion.  Being frugal doesn’t mean you keep on wearing the same boring stuff over and over again.  It’s on how you make use of the things around you to avoid spending your hard-earned money over unnecessary jewelries.  Looking for creative ways to make cool accessories from used materials is not only good for mother earth, it is also good for your pockets.  Below is a guest post on how you can make your very own fashionable beaded necklace from recycled magazines.EOD

Great beaded jewelry offers a plethora of colors and textures. You can create your own stylish jewelry with magazine pages and a few other household items. Gather a few high quality and glossy magazines and a bottle of Mod Podge or Diamond glue. You will also need a small paintbrush, scissors, elastic jewelry string, a needle, and a thin dowel or wood skewer. Once you collect these items, follow the steps below to create a fun necklace.

1. Pick out a few colorful magazine pages. Try to find pages with color on both sides.

2. Cut thin strips from the page. Cut strips in different widths and shapes. For example, a pointed strip will result in a rounded bead while a straight strip will deliver a cylinder.

3. Start with the wider end of your strip. Use your paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue to a few inches of the paper, leaving about half an inch on the very edge free.

4. Begin wrapping the paper tightly around the dowel or skewer.

5. Apply glue to the paper as you roll it so that it sticks firmly together.

6. Once you reach the end of the strip, hold the roll tightly for a few seconds to allow glue to set.

7. Remove the bead from the dowel and coat the outside with Mod Podge or Diamond glue. Diamond glue will give the bead a shiny, hard coat.

8. Repeat steps 3 through 7 in order to create additional beads.

9. Allow beads to dry overnight or for at least 8 hours.

10. Cut a length of string long enough for the necklace.

11. Using a needle, string beads onto the strand.

12. Once the string is full of beads, tie a secure knot to close the necklace and you are ready to go!

If you do not have time to create your own colorful accessories, click here to find great deals on necklaces and other jewelry.

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About the Author Agnes Embile Jimenez


Agnes often finds herself either lost inside her mind or lost in beautiful scenic places. She's currently doing the things she loves while maintaining a frugal lifestyle. This blog is all about her struggles to live a frugal life, her quest to see the world via budget traveling, and her love to share to people everything that she is passionate about.

Agnes does not absolutely conform to any beliefs or philosophies. Though she's writing about frugal living and is currently embracing the minimalist lifestyle, she doesn't want to define her existence based on these realities alone. For her, life is too diverse, too colorful, too mysterious, it would be a waste of experience (and time) to imprison herself to a few sets of ideas. Google+ | Twitter

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5 Responses to Frugal Fashion: How to Make a Beaded Necklace from Recycled Magazines

  1. […] is more stylish than incorporating everyday items into your wardrobe. Creating your own jewelry pieces from spare or worn-out materials not only makes you stand out from the crowd but emphasizes your original taste. Why spend hundreds […]

  2. It was amazing as you are, Agnes.
    It will be a great business if want to start this new one. 🙂

  3. Jasmine says:

    You don’t need to spend thousands of money to look fabulous and in-sync with fashion. I agree. I love the necklace. Thanks for sharing a detailed instructions here. Looking forward in making one for my mom.

  4. Nathan says:

    Oh! This looks wonderful and easy. It can be made at home with so many other materials that are lying waste in the cupboard. Beautiful neck pieces I must say. One can also ply with a variety of colours while making a necklace from different small and colourful pieces of stones and shells.

  5. […] you are one of those who are in the business of making beautiful things with your hands, from souvenir gift items to handicrafts, chances are you’re wondering how to cover the cost of […]

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