10 Creative Ways to Re-Use Mardi Gras Beads

Not sure what to do with your Mardi Gras beads after Fat Tuesday? Save them because we have some clever ideas on how to upcycle them.

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These unlikely craft supplies are inexpensive and abundant. All year long they can be found at the craft and party-supply stores. Whether used all over or as an accent, these projects will have you second-guessing the act of throwing beads at strangers because you'll want to keep them for yourself.

Line a Tray or Shadow Box

Mardi Gras Bead Tray

Photo by: Amanda Evanston

Amanda Evanston

Amanda Evanston AKA Aunt Peaches is a pro at creating colorful kitschy crafts and these Mardi Gras Bead Trays are no exception. Be sure to check out how she uses the beads on a heart-shaped box too.

Paint Them and Make a Chandelier

Mardi Gras Bead Chandelier

Photo by: Padgett Hoke

Padgett Hoke

Padgett Hoke manages to make plastic beads look expensive. Very expensive. The wonders of spray paint never cease with this gorgeous baby blue DIY Beaded Chandelier.

Add Them to Slime

Mardi Gras Bead Slime

©Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Not just for Mardi Gras, these beaded necklaces are often handed out at birthday parties and school carnivals; and then find their way to the bottom of the toy box. Encourage your resident slime scientist to incorporate the beads into their latest creation. Try out this Slime Recipe.

Make Bangles

Mardi Gras Bead Bracelet

Photo by: Mark Montano

Mark Montano

Reinvent the way you wear your Mardi Gras beads with this fun DIY upgrade from creative genius Mark Montanto. These Ribbon Wrapped Bangles are a great project for kids and adults.

Line a Planter

If you're growing paperwhites this winter try using Mardi Gras beads instead of aquarium gravel. Colorful and fun, plus it's a great way to recycle your beads.

Make a Hanging Planter

Mardi Gras Bead Planter2

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Bring a little boho to your beads by adding them to a DIY hanging basket. Glue beads and pompom fringe around a small basket and add your favorite plant.

Make Ornaments

Mardi Gras Bead Ornaments

Photo by: Jennifer Ramos

Jennifer Ramos

Create DIY ornaments by wrapping and gluing Mardi Gras beads around clear ornaments. Hang them on your Mardi Gras tree or place them in a decorative bowl all year long.

Embellish Boxes

Mardi Gras Bead Candy Box

Photo by: Mark Montano

Mark Montano

Mardi Gras beads can extend into other holidays as well. Mark Montano used the beads as decorative trims on these adorable antiqued Vintage Valentine Heart Boxes.

Cover a Table

Mardi Gras Bead Table

Photo by: Robert COrley

Robert COrley

It takes a lot of beads but the results are amazing, try covering an entire table in Mardi Gras beads like artist Robert Corley. Think of the beads as a mosaic tool instead of jewelry.

Make a Wreath

Mardi Gras Bead Wreath

Photo by: Amanda Evanston

Amanda Evanston

You can always use the beads the way they were intended, to celebrate Mardi Gras. Amanda Evanston made this festive Big Easy Wreath by randomly stringing and wrapping beads on a wreath form.

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