Mardi Gras Beads



Fat Tuesday, the culmination of Mardi Gras, is next week. Oddly enough, it seems that Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be an enjoyable experience for kids as well as adults. There are daily parades held a safe distance away from the drunken revelers on Bourbon Street and the krewes throw out tons of free stuff to the squealing children. Until the 1960s, they tossed glass beads made in Czechoslovakia, but now it’s plastic beads made in China.
So here’s an eco-friendly and low-budget way to celebrate Mardi Gras with your kids.
-old magazine
-paper cutter or scissors
-glue stick
-acrylic paint and paint brush
-embroidery needle


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Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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3 Responses to “Mardi Gras Beads”

  1. Kate Feb 19 at 8:57 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks for the fun post.
    Mardi Gras is definitely a celebration for the whole family to enjoy. We’d encourage any of you looking to take your families somewhere this Mardi Gras to consider Las Vegas. If you need to be reminded of what Vegas holds for the whole family, check out what the families of Cranfills Gap did when they got here at
    Kate and the Team

  2. Diaper Cakes Becca Feb 23 at 7:06 pm Reply Reply

    My girls and I are going to do this…I am excited and so glad I didn’t throw away the pile of magazines this past weekend!!
    What a great crafts project….we’ll have our own little Mardi Gras out here in Arizona. Perhaps make enough to hand out to the neighborhood kids, too!
    Thanks for the idea!

  3. Chelsea Feb 25 at 9:22 pm Reply Reply

    I used to do this!! I would cut up pretty strips of paper and NOT paint them and have a funky one of a kind necklace

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