Believe it or not, there are a large number of different types
of paper jewelry that can be made and then sold for a profit.
Paper beads are the most common type of paper jewelry, which
are then made into necklaces and chains. However, we also found
a web site that shows you how to paper hoop earrings and of course
there is no reason that a grouping of paper beads couldnt
be glued together to create a brooch. Other types of paper jewelry
can be made as well its really mostly a matter of
your own imagination.
The key here is both skill with the paper and imagination.
Youll want to use magazine paper or construction paper
(old plastic bags can also potentially be used). Newspapers by
comparison should be sent off for recycling. The problem is with
the ink on the newspapers, which can transfer to fingers and
which will make for a poor choice for paper jewelry.
The basic way its made is to take magazine paper or
construction paper, cut it into thin strips, then add some glue
and roll the strips up to create beads or hoops (well let
you look at the resources to see more specifics of how to do
it). The important thing however is that once you get good at
doing it, your paper jewelry can then be sold on websites such
as eBay and etsy (which specializes in handmade crafts).
For a look at what's possible, see
this video from Hippie Kingdom.
How Much Can You Make?
A quick check of prices for paper jewelry reveals that the
costs range from about a dollar for very simple pieces to as
much as $20 for more complicated pieces of jewelry. Considering
that your costs for materials are minimal (you can ask friends
to recycle their magazines with you and then your own cost is
the glue and toothpicks, plus the metal parts such as the earring
pieces or pins for brooches.) the profit potential is really
limited only by your own imagination.
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Make sure that when you work on making paper jewelry that
you protect your table or other work area with a plastic sheet
or a piece of cardboard. Otherwise, glue can get all over the
Remember also that paper jewelry doesnt just have to
have the colors that came from the paper. You can also add in
rhinestones and other fake gems along with things like glitter
glue to give your work a much more colorful look.
Finally, when it comes time to sell your work, make sure that
you photograph it correctly. Either photograph against a plain
white background or get someone to model the pieces for you so
that it can be photographed in a way that allows people to see
how it may look on them. Be sure to mention that the material
you sell is all handmade and one of a kind as this will make
it much more appealing to your customers.
Qualifications / Requirements
You only need to have some imagination in order to make and
sell paper jewelry. Youll need to learn how its done,
though anyone can learn to do it. The harder part is imagining
different designs which can be made so that you can create something
unique that people will want to own and pay money for.
Start by trying out making paper jewelry for yourself (or
your significant other). Look at the resources below for more
information on how to do it and practice. Once you get good at
it, start photographing your work and put it up for sale on places
like eBay and etsy. Then, you can expand to sell your work at
flea markets and you may even be able to offer them to novelty
stores and low end jewelry stores who may buy them wholesale
or sell them on consignment (Tiffanys probably will not
be interested though).
Check out these helpful resources to find out more about making
and selling paper jewelry: