Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Beautiful Paper Rings

If you ever went to summer camp there is a good chance you made a version of this beautiful project.  It's tried and true and always delivers amazing results.  What I love most is the resemblance to colorful agate stones, which is why I turned them in to fun rings.  Just an FYI, I coated mine with varnish and then nail polish, but you could skip the varnish and just use several coats of nail polish to get them nice and sturdy and waterproof.
Remember, have fun, make messes and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
xoxo, Mark
Julie rocking her awesome new paper rings

Try different shapes and thicknesses
See how easy they are to make here!
Stuff You'll Need
Construction paper
Large hole punch
E-6000 Spray Adhesive
Gloss Varnish
Clear nail polish
Sanding block (or sandpaper)
Ring findings
Desk lamp & Wax paper (optional)
1.  Start by punching out about 50 construction paper circles
2.  Grab some E-6000 Spray Adhesive (this makes the process a breeze)
3. & 4.   Glue the disks together one by one until you have a 1/4" stack or thicker
*Alternate the colors and use your favorite colors on the top of the stack
5.  Dry them under a desk lamp on wax paper if you're impatient like I am!
6.  When dry, sand the edges and sides to reveal the different colors
7.  Harden with several coats of nail polish
*This also brings out the color
8. & 9.  Glue ring findings on the back with E-6000 glue

E-6000 is non toxic and easy water clean up.  So much better than the other
spray adhesives on the market


  1. How I love these cool rings*** love love love, as always

  2. Really beautiful! I really like its bright colors.

  3. Hey Mark, I went to summer camp and never made these! Then again, when I went they probably had not seen anything this awesome. Love ya' Patricia B

    1. Summer camp was the best Patricia! I absolutely loved it, but I think my parents loved it more.

  4. Hooo my !! I need to make them !lovely !

  5. This is so cool and gives such beautiful results. Just out of curiosity, would it work with card stock or is construction paper my best bet with this project?

  6. How fun! I've featured this on Fun Family Crafts:


    I totally want to try it! I wonder how it would work with scraps of patterned paper.

    1. It was so great to see you at CHA! Are you wearing your t-shirt yet? Thanks so much for the feature today! You seriously rock! xoxox

  7. What is the gloss varnish for? I see it in the list of supplies but not in the directions.

    1. Hi Nicky, you can use the gloss varnish if you want or you can use several coats of the Nail polish. It's up to you. It's just another sealer to help make the paper waterproof. Several coats of the nail polish will work very well, too.

  8. What a great project! They do look so real. Thank you for sharing!

  9. About how long do you have to let the glue dry?

    1. If you leave it under a lamp I'd say about 8-10 hours depending on how thick you made your pieces.

  10. How Long should one plan for the project from start to finish?

    1. 12-14 hours. That would include the drying time under a lamp overnight.