Hi lovely crafty friends, for some reason DIY Fancy Paper Beads seem to be extremely popular these last couple of weeks. 

Could it be a perfect summer craft? Maybe lots of people are in desperate need of paper beads or want to shrink their stash…

It did spark the idea for a new paper beads video, Spacer Beads this time. And they can be made with items you may already have in your stash.

All techniques and ideas are shown in the video tutorial. Make sure to watch it to get all the best tips and tricks.

If you haven’t seen the Gorgeous Fancy Paper Beads video yet, make sure to check it out.

(All supplies are linked to different stores at the end of this post in the thumbnails. The different stores are also linked behind the product name. Among them are affiliate links that may be used at no cost to you.)

I have been having lots of fun making the Spacer Beads in different sizes and some charms to go along with them.

These look like a vintage kind of metal, but they are completely made out of paper. How cool is that!

For this technique, you can grab your embossing folders again. Those with a finely detailed pattern work best. Above are some of my favourites, the intricate details will give your Spacer Beads the gorgeous vintage look.

In the picture above a few newer embossing folders. Left to right  Woven ( SBC | SSS ), Cracked Leather ( SBC | SSS | JGG ) and Industrious ( SBC | SSS ) 

In the second picture from left to right 3D embossing folder Engraved ( SBC | SSS ), Foliage (  SBC | SSS ) and Floral Mandala ( SBC | SSS )

These folders all have pretty fine details that will stand out on the small beads.

This is how I used my Paper Spacer Beads along with some Fancy Paper Beads and a pretty dangling charm to make a key chain.

The Fancy Beads are made with ABM Collage Paper ( SSS | JGG ) with a glaze of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder ( SBC | SSS | SSS ) to give them their Fancy appearance.

For the Spacer Beads, I tried two different ways to glaze with Glossy Accents ( SBC | SSS | JGG ) and Distress Resist Spray ( SBC | SSS | JGG )

It’s my believe that the resist spray is similar or the same as diluted glossy accents. They look the same and it feels exactly alike when you have it dried on your fingers, it’s totally weird:-)

They both add a nice glossy layer but it’s not as luscious as the Ultra Thick Embossing Powder ( SBC | SSS | SSS ).

And yes you can glaze them like the Fancy Beads, with embossing powder. I just wanted to show some different options in case you run out of embossing powder or maybe you want to try something different:-) You don’t need the extra layer, they already look pretty as they are. It will however add a protective layer to make them more durable and last longer.

I hope you are creatively charged and are ready to get crafty. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to keep on crafting!