Have you ever tried paper quilling? I am not an expert, but it was a fun technique to try. The concept is simple but in the right hands the results can be stunning. Some folks make elaborate cards or wall hangings you can also make lovely beads which are what I did to make these earrings.
To quill, all you need is some thin strips of paper. I used 1/4 inch strips. Something to wrap the strips around. I used a toothpick. Glue sticks to attach the paper strips together and your imagination.