Making bead necklaces has long been a favorite activity of my kids. Threading beads on to string is a great practice for fine motor and hand eye coordination! To take the kid-made beaded necklace up a notch, we made our beads from beautiful printed paper straws. A mix of colors and patterns makes the necklace even more fun!

You can seal the beads with a coat of Modge Podge if you’d like!

Paper Bead Necklace - (cool) progeny

diy paper bead necklace


paper straws, scissors, yarn or string, small piece of pipe cleaner for stringing needle


Use a selection of fun, colorful paper straws and cut the straws into small, bead-sized segments.

Cut an arm’s length of yarn or string and a small, needle sized length of pipe cleaner.

Tie one end of the string to the small piece of pipe cleaner and tie a large knot onto the other end of the yarn.

Let kids use the pipe cleaner to string the paper straws onto the string to create a necklace.

Paper Bead Necklace - (cool) progeny