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Mardi Gras Beads

By Ellen Luckett Baker

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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.

Supplies

-old magazine
-paper cutter or scissors
-glue stick
-acrylic paint and paint brush
-string
-embroidery needle
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Find more Mardi Gras ideas here.

Ellen Luckett Baker
About the Author

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 a...

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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