I have two methods to share for making your own beads. This only begs the question: Paper or plastic?
This method involves rolling paper to form the shape of the bead. Pro: Incredibly inexpensive, can use patterned paper. Con: Susceptible to wear and tear, especially water damage, unless they are carefully coated.
This method involves creating dough to shape the beads from. Pro: Relatively inexpensive, greater shape possibilities, create own colours. Con: Patterning requires own designs, harder to get even bead shapes, results are not as immediate (must bake or let harden).
Either way, I will be trying out both methods!