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How to Make a Paper Ring

Got some paper? Make these DIY paper rings with the kids for a fun weekend activity. Here is a full tutorial on how to make the rings.

stack of DIY rings

I know what you’re thinking: paper jewelry? It probably sounds like the paper tiaras that you get with a Happy Meal. But, hear me because paper jewelry can be quite a creative way to show off your crafting skills.

A paper ring is easy to make, and you don’t need anything but the most basic craft supplies. But the finished product? That can turn out to be really eclectic and edgy!

diy rings of hand

It all comes down to the kind of paper you decide to use. If you pick up sturdy cardstock or good quality craft paper, your paper ring will last you for a good long time.

Additionally, you can let your creative instincts take over and decorate the paper rings—the possibilities are endless!

holding handful of paper rings

What You’ll Need for These Rings

Here’s a list of all that you’ll need to make this DIY paper ring:

craft supplies

How to Make a Paper Ring

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, you can get right down to making your paper rings.

Step 1

Cut out a long strip of paper and lay it out on a flat surface, as shown below. The width of the paper will determine how wide your ring will be, so keep that in mind when you measure it out.

strip of paper
two strips of paper

Step 2

Hold the strip of paper in between your fingers and carefully roll it over your finger once. When you have wrapped it around your finger and the paper meets the starting edge, gently fold it.

holding strip of paper
wrapping paper around finger

This will help you determine the circumference of your finger and will be the size of your ring.

folding paper strip

Step 3

Use a toothpick to dab a little glue onto the back of the paper, just underneath the fold.

putting glue on paper

Step 4

Next, bring the curved end of the paper you wrapped around your hand inwards.

glueing paper strip

You will need to keep rolling the paper right over the area you spread your glue on and continue to roll it till you reach the other end.

wrapping paper

Step 5

Once again, use a toothpick to apply a layer of glue to the edge of the paper. Finally, press it down to secure the end to the rolled paper.

glueing ends of paper

Step 6

There’s also an alternative method of rolling your ‘ring.’ Lay your strip of paper flat on the work surface and grab your glue stick. Apply tiny spots of adhesive periodically along the length of the paper.

Roll the paper in one single, continued motion until you reach the other side, where you can stick it in place.

glue dots on paper

And there you have it— your paper ring is ready. Or at least the base of the ring is. The best part—the decorating—is yet to come!

holding two sizes of rings

Step 7

I bet you have a ton of colorful paper, washi tape, and even random scrap paper at your disposal. Go ahead and dig through your stash and pick out your favorite of the lot.

Lay them down on your work surface and figure out which would look best on your ring. Keep in mind that the width of the decorative paper or tape needs to fit the width of the ring.

strips of washi tape

Step 8

Once you’ve picked your paper out, I always recommend that you do a test run before actually sticking it onto your ring.

holding silver washi tape

Simply wrap it around your ring to check whether the dimensions are in tandem with each other. Then you can go ahead and stick them over the base of the ring!

gold washi tape

Don’t you just love how elegant and understated these look? You could never tell that they are made from paper, could you?

silver ring on hand
holding silver paper ring
holding two paper DIY rings

Step 9

There is one last thing that you can do to complete this DIY, and that’s to coat a layer of mod podge over the surface of the ring to ‘set it,’ so to speak. This coating will harden the ring and make it more durable.

mod podge on paper ring

You can also apply a layer of mod podge over the inside of the ring to the same effect.

mod podge on inside on ring

Step 10

It’s time to sparkle! As shown below, if you’ve got little gem embellishments, go ahead and stick them onto your ring. It might not be a diamond, but it sure does sparkle!

adding gems to rings

Once you start making these rings, it can be pretty hard to stop when you realize how easy and how fabulous they are. You can make a ton of them and keep them for later to give as party favors!

line of completed paper rings

Other Crafts You Can Make

hand with 3 paper rings

Full Video Tutorial

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Yield: multiple paper rings

How to Make a Paper Ring

diy rings

Got some paper around? Make these DIY paper rings. A fun DIY accessory that anyone can make - kids, teens, and even adults!

Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0.50


  • Craft paper (8” long)
  • Washi tape
  • Craft glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Flatback crystals


  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  1. Grab your materials to get started on your DIY paper ring.
  2. You will need to measure and subsequently cut out long strips of paper. This will be the base for your ring. You will need to keep the width of the paper in mind as it will determine how wide your ring will sit on your finger.
  3. Hold the paper in between your fingers and carefully roll the paper once around the finger you plan to make the ring for.
  4. Fold the paper when you’ve wrapped it around your finger once. This will be the ring size.
  5. Apply a little adhesive to the back of the fold you just made.
  6. Next, bring the curved end around and stick it over the spot you just applied the adhesive to. Then, carefully start rolling the ring, making sure that the edges are aligned. Stick the end in place with a layer of adhesive.
  7. Alternatively, you can also apply spots of glue along the length of the ring and simply roll it in one single motion rather than folding it over, like you read about earlier.
  8. Allow the glue to dry before you wrap your decorative paper or washi tape over the base of the ring.
  9. Coat the insides and top surface of the ring with mod podge and allow it to dry. This will ‘set’ your paper ring, making it more wearable and durable.
  10. Finally, you can decorate it with sticker gems and other tiny embellishments.
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