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Mardi Gras Crafts

Throw-Me Beads

Make a necklace of colorful beads for Mardi Gras.
Make a necklace of colorful beads for Mardi Gras.

Colorful beads are a tradition at Mardi Gras -- learn how to make your own throw-me beads. Throw-me beads are one of the most well-known Mardi Gras crafts for kids to make for festive holiday celebrations and parades. Make some bracelets and anklets to go with your necklaces, too.

What You'll Need:





Old color magazines or comics


Stiff cord


Small paintbrush

Clear varnish or nail polish

Embroidery thread

Large embroidery needle

Make a cardboard template of a triangle that has two long sides that are five inches long and a shorter side that is one inch long.

Use the template to trace and cut triangles from old magazines or comics. Each triangle will be a bead.

To make a bead, take a triangle, wrong side up, and roll the wider end around a piece of cord. Work carefully and continue to roll, making sure the bead builds up evenly.

Keep rolling the paper tightly until the last two inches. Brush the wrong side of the two inches with glue, and roll it up.

Let the bead dry on the cord. When the glue is dry, give your beads a coat of clear varnish or nail polish to protect them and make them hard. Be sure the beads don't touch each other until they are dry.

When dry, thread the beads on embroidery thread to make necklaces, bracelets, and anklets.

The traditional Mardi Gras cry is, "Throw me something!"

Now you can throw your beads into the air during a parade or party.

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