I get a lot of catalogs I don’t remember signing up for. In fact, I get a bunch from places like fancy furniture stores and upscale kids’ clothing stores. Places I’ll never buy anything from…but I like flipping through the catalogs and pretending that I could put a full outdoor patio set at the end of a my private boat dock. My kids and my husband and I would all sit down to dinner on our dock, and all the boys would wear sweater vests and Top Siders.
It’s what I do while I have my coffee on Saturday, while chaos swirls around and kids charge by not wearing pants. Don’t judge.
But once my dream is dead and I’m ready to get rid of my catalogs, I can get one more use out of them. Beads. You can make magazine beads from old catalogs and…well…magazines.
We’ve had countless tea parties and birthday parties where the kids made bead bracelets, so these would be great to add to our stash. And magazine beads make a great Girl Scout activity when they learn about recycling and taking care of the earth. It doesn’t take many extra supplies and one catalog page can make up to ten beads. I’d alternate them with other wooden or plastic beads when letting the kids make bracelets and necklaces.
- several pages from a catalog or magazine
- clear nail polish
Trace your ruler onto a magazine page. Then make a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Cut out both lines you drew.
You should have a bunch of strips that look like this.
Beginning at the wide end of the paper, roll it around a toothpick, placing a dot of glue here and there as you go (be careful not to glue the paper to the toothpick, just glue the layers of paper together).
When you have your paper rolled around the toothpick, glue down the end. Allow to dry and slide your bead off the toothpick. Coat with clear nail polish and dry.
That’s it! You’ve got some beads! String ’em on bracelets and necklaces and any other way you can think of (can you think of another way to use them? I’d love to hear it.)
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