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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet Tea Serendipity is HERE today!

Today, a Bulldog after my own heart is visiting Fairly Fabulous.
Thanks to the magic of blogland- a fellow Georgia Bulldog is here straight from the 'motherland', Athens, GA- quite possibly the greatest place on earth.
Delaney is sharing a fun, summer craft with us today, but you don't have to take my word for it...
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Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had ah-mazing weekends filled with fun and relaxation!  My name is Delaney  & I run a little blog I like to call Sweet Tea Serendipity (which has also a brand-spankin' new design thanks to Jessica at So Stylized).

Today I'm going to show y'all a great, eco-friendly summer craft project for adults and kids: paper beads.

Patterned paper, plain paper, magazine paper, newspaper...any kind of paper!
A pencil or pen
A needle/toothpick
Hemp, string, yarn, fishing wire, etc. to string the beads on

1. Gather all the paper you want to use and cut it down to whatever size you want (size doesn't really matter, just make sure it's not too short!).  I'm using a fun, printed paper and a bright solid colored paper for this necklace, although I do love using magazines as well!

2. Using your ruler, measure out a distance of 1.5-2 cm at the bottom and then .75-1 cm at the top along the back of your paper.  Connect the two dots & viola you have a triangle!  Keep doing this until the paper is filled (to be more efficient, alternate the distances).

3. Cut out the triangles you just made, and flip the paper over.  Don't worry if your cutting isn't perfect!

4.  Now you need to find your needle/toothpick and grab one of your triangles.  Starting with the widest end, wrap the paper around itself and the needle/toothpick until you form a bead.  Once all of the paper is wrapped, add a dob of glue at the end to keep it in place.

5. Continue this until you run out of paper or you feel like you have made enough beads.

6.  Find whatever material you will be stringing your beads on, and cut it to the length you want.  You can use these beads on necklaces, anklets, bracelets, keychains, etc.

7.  If making a piece of jewelry, I suggest adding a small bead to one end so that the necklace is removable.  If you have fancy jewelry clasps, those work even better!

8. Next, lay out the beads in the order you want them, and then string them into place.

9. If you used my bead method, add a loop that can slide over the bead to the other end of the necklace for easy on and off access.

10. You now have a pretty piece of jewelry with inexpensive, unique, homemade beads!  Optional: To make the beads shiny you can add a layer of varnish or spray; I personally use clear nail polish to add a bit of sheen.

Thanks to Meagan for letting me guest post on her fabulous blog!  I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial & that you'll enjoy completing this craft either by yourself or with your kids! Feel free to stop by my blog or contact me if you have questions! Be sure to check out the Summer Blog Tour Giveaway!

Thanks, Delaney! A little Mod Podge would be great on those beads. ;) Don't forget to cruise over to Sweet Tea Serendipity and thank this little Southern Gal for her fun, summer project tutorial!

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