Repurposing 'Dead' Mardi Gras Beads #101 - Bead Garland


I wanted my Christmas tree to have gold bead garland on it, but didn't want to buy any, when inspiration struck. I have literally 'tons' of mardi gras beads from years past, so I grabbed a lot of the plain metallic gold necklaces, different lengths, and cut each necklace between 2 beads to make straight lengths; then twisted the ends of them together until I had a nice long garland (I actually made 3 so it wouldn't be too cumbersome to put on the tree).
Gold Bead Garland from 'Dead' Mardi Gras Beads
Gold Bead Garland from 'Dead' Mardi Gras Beads
Close up of ends twisted together
Close up of ends twisted together

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  • Rhonda Kueck
    on Feb 17, 2014

    I am a blogger and I am doing a Mardi Gras/Fluer de lis round up on my blog on Thursday. Let me know if you have a project you would like to be included. I will link all pics either to a blog or etsy shop. Rhonda Kueckwww.craftdictator.comobsessiveandcreative@gmail.comThanks!

  • Barbara Valenti
    on Jun 15, 2015

    I have been doing that for years. Hey, why not they work just fine. Sometimes for Halloween I give out Mardi Gras beads with candy just to get rid of them. I live about 45 minutes from New Orleans so I have beads coming out my yang yang!

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