Outstanding Paper Bead Jewelry and Home Decor

Just wait until you see the modern paper bead designs Devi Chand of PaperMelon creates! This minimalistic wall clock, for example... the color gradient, precisely placed quilled coils, and a seemingly simple design add up to a piece of stylish and, of course, useful wall art. 


Colorfully quilled minimal design wall art clock

 (Letting you in on a little secret... designs that look simple are often the most difficult to create as there's no room for error.)

 

Contemporary paper bead necklace composed of shiny silver and gold grape rolls
 

As a young child, Devi loved making things with paper, and later studied design at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) in Chennai, India, where she worked for a design firm until deciding corporate life wasn't the best fit.


playful mini-abacus paper bead earrings
An elementary school teacher would appreciate abacus paper bead earrings.


Devi is now a solopreneur who delights in devising designs that are sometimes surprising even to her. This is because the papers she uses are often upcycled -  newspapers, magazines, paper bags, gift wrap, calendars, and pamphlets. Colorful patterns mean that Devi is never quite sure of the end result until she sees it.


paper bead bracelet made using patterned papers

 

Most of the paper jewelry pieces are composed of perfectly uniform grape rolls. (Like all types of quilled coils, grape rolls are incredibly versatile as they can be made in any size, from tree ornaments to tiny butterfly bodies.) 


bouquet of minimal paper bead flowers displayed in vase composed of upright, hollow paper tubes in varied sizes
A cool, contemporary paper tube vase holds paper bead flowers.


While Devi's husband lends a hand with shipping and her young daughter helps by cutting crinkle fill for packaging and making thank you cards to enclose with each order, the shop's popularity fills Devi's days... she does all of the paper rolling herself, as she holds her work to a high standard.

 

colorful, patterned paper vertical tube earrings

A completely different, but equally effective use of paper tubes.


The shop's slogan describes Devi's creations well... Made from Paper, Designed to Last. The beads are coated with a protective sealant, but, of course, shouldn't be taken for a swim.


square, contemporary wall art composed of vertically displayed lines of paper beads in metallic tones
A playful rainbow version of this modern wall decor is also in the shop.

 

Each piece is packaged in an artisan-made paper box that is reusable, recyclable, and tied with ribbon cut from tailoring waste to add a special touch.


rectangular earring pair composed of patterned paper strips in shades of blue
Not quite all of Devi's jewelry is composed of rolled paper!

pair of tiny rolled paper bead earrings that resemble cottages


There's lots more to see over at the PaperMelon website. You'll find Devi Chand on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook

 

golden sun paper bead necklace with bold, spiral design paper at center

If you prefer to shop via Etsy, her shop is called PaperMelon. Custom orders are welcomed and worldwide standard shipping is free. Sign up for the PaperMelon monthly newsletter to hear about new items. 


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