Making Potato Beads

6 Materials
2 Weeks

It may sound a little crazy...well, a lot crazy, but you can make beads from potatoes. You won't believe how great they can look! You'll be the only one knows they are potatoes!

Give it a try...all you can lose are a few potatoes!

Grab a potato or three...

Begin by peeling and cutting the potatoes in half.

Next cut the halves down into interesting shaped chunks ~

a little larger than you would like to allow for some shrinkage.

Put the beads on bamboo skewers.

Let them dry out completely, which usually takes a few days to a week.

Or if your impatient ;)

you can dry them in your oven at 200°F for three hours or until dry and hard.

Once the beads are dry, you can remove them from the skewers and paint by hand with one or two coats of acrylic paint.

 Be sure to let dry completely between each coat. 

Alternately, you can leave them on the skewers and spray paint them, again being sure to allow to dry between coats. 

Once your done painting follow with a couple coats of sealer.

I used Rust-oleum Ultra Cover in Clear Gloss. 

Again be sure to let dry completely between each coat. 

Your beads are ready to be used as you desire, strung into a gorgeous inexpensive room divider or doorway hanging.  I decided to make napkin rings.

You use as you would any other bead.

You can make the "chunks" any shape you'd like.

I threaded them, along with other "regular" beads I had, on linen cording.
When they were the correct size, I tried them on a napkin to be sure,I knotted the ends of the cording together.

That's it. Easy peasy!

I whipped up some more.

I even added some charms on these!You're only limit is your imagination.They would look amazing coordinated with your table setting!

Not bad for a potato huh?

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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Thea
    on May 22, 2020

    Debbie, how did you get the white speckles on the green beads and the multicoloured effect on the far right string?

    • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
      Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
      on May 22, 2020

      Thanks for asking Thea. For the specks I added paint to a toothbrush and used my thumb nail to flick the bristles to "spray" drops of paint on to the dried green beads. For the multi-colored ones I had several small paint brushes with a different color on each. I just kind of brushed small sections with different colors taking turns with each color. Hope I explained it so it's understandable  Easy to do, odd to explain? Have fun!

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