While there is something really heartwarming about seeing New Orleans strung with festive spirit, there is a very ugly flip side to Mardi Gras beads and those plastic throws. If you find yourself overrun with colourful garlands after Carnival season, try these creative ways to repurpose and upcycle your party souvenirs.
1. Create a chandelier
Create a chandelier using this Dollar Store Crafts tutorial. Leave the beads as are for a festive, colourful look, or use spray paint to tone it back for everyday.
3. Craft yourself some party heels
I don’t know about you, but these party heels are giving me serious Priscilla, Queen of the Desert vibes! Use an old pair of pumps or thrift yourself a pair for this makeover.
4. Wrap a wreath
Create festive front door adornment by cutting the loops of beads to create long strands, and then wrap them around a wreath form found at most craft stores.
5. Deck the halls
Save them for Christmas or other celebration and use them to decorate or incorporate in your gift wrapping. I use mine as a tinsel substitute on my Christmas tree.
6. Make a mosaic
Transform an old tray into wall art using leftover Mardi Gras beads to craft a mosaic, just like in this I Love to Create video. Alternatively, create a glue-free, 3-dimensional variation using a shadow box which can be purchased at most craft stores.