If you have kids, then you know what it’s like after the holidays and birthdays, there is gift wrap strewn everywhere. More often than not, gift wrap that cannot be re-used because it’s been torn, and some that cannot be recycled, depending on what it is made of. Here’s a simple solution for all of that paper.
I’m going to show you how simple it is to turn torn, folded, and non-recyclable gift wrap into pretty beads that can be stored in containers and used for making necklaces, bracelets, friendship pins, or even cocktail picks for parties.
What you need:
- Gift wrap
- School glue
- Dowel rod – or toothpick if you’ll be making party picks
- Ruler and pencil
- Mod Podge (optional)
There is no correct size for making these, but keep in mind that the wider the base of your triangle, the longer the bead will be.
Using a ruler and pencil draw a triangle on a piece of the gift wrap. Cut it out and use that as your template for other beads if you want them to be the same size. Alternatively, make a variety of templates in assorted sizes.
Cut out as many triangles as you can from the gift wrap.
Roll the paper around a dowel rod (or toothpick) starting with the widest edge. About an inch or two before you finish, add a little school glue, then finish winding the paper. Slide the paper bead off the dowel rod and set aside to dry.
Tip: Don’t wind the paper too tightly or you won’t be able to slide it off the dowel rod.
Step 3: (optional)
Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the bead if you want a shiny finish, or if you will be creating something that you don’t want to tear easily.
There you have it, a lovely collection of paper beads.