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Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads
July 12, 2018
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10 Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads

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.

Mardi Gras Aftermath
Put a silver lining on this Carnival parade aftermath

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.

2. Tie some jewellery

Give that shiny plastic a little class by combining it with old silk ties or scrap fabric to create unique jewellery pieces.

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.

Mardi Gras beads and scrap fabric necklaces
Photo via Made by Julianne
Mardi Gras bead adorned shoes
Photo by Bee Ladies
Wreath by Aunt Peaches
DIY Travel Souvenirs - shadow box

If you’re not in the crafting spirit or just feeling overwhelmed by the volume of beads, remember you can always donate them to ArcGNO. For more on Carnival history and traditions, see this post.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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