For those who don’t live in New Orleans, the Tuesday preceding Lent is often a relatively uneventful occasion. While our Louisianan neighbors use the day as an opportunity for riotous celebration and pre-Lenten indulgence, Mardi Gras — a holiday that dates back to the seventeenth century — can sometimes go unnoticed by the rest of the world. Still, there are some who love any excuse to celebrate, and Mardi Gras, with its ornate masks and token bright colors, can provide all the razzle-dazzle one needs to shake up the midwinter monotony. These beads, which match the green-purple-gold color scheme of the holiday, are an excellent way to show your Mardi Gras love (they’re also infinitely more attractive than the typical plastic fare strewn from parade floats on the big day). Better yet, they’re unbelievably quick and easy to make! For complete directions, continue after the jump! — Max
- decorative papers in green, purple and gold
- glue stick
- wooden skewer
- upholstery needle
- twine or string
1. Cut your decorative paper into long, thin triangles (pictured above). Determine the length based on how thick you want your beads to be. Ours were roughly eight inches long.
2. Glue the first few inches of one triangle’s tip with a glue stick.
3. Wrap the triangle, starting at its base, tightly around a wooden skewer. Secure your rolled paper in place by pressing the glued end tightly to the rest of the roll. Carefully slide the rolled bead off your skewer.
5. String your beads together with an upholstery needle and string. Be sure to leave enough string on either end of your bead strands to be able to tie it around your neck.
6. That’s it! Now go get your Mardi Gras on!