Mardi Gras beads aren’t exactly hard to find, especially if you’ve attended parades, so what do you do with all of those colorful catches once you get them home? There are a lot of DIY crafts to do with them, and that includes ones you can wear. Check out this guide for fun ways to wear Mardi Gras beads you never would’ve thought of yourself!
A Braided Necklace
Mardi Gras beads are meant to be worn as necklaces, but what if you braided a bunch together to make one huge statement necklace! It would certainly be unique to you. Since there are so many kinds of beads out there, you can mix just about any shape and color together to create this. A braided necklace is especially good for those of us who aren’t exactly crafty because all you need is to know how to braid. You’ll also just need a cute ribbon to tie it up when you’re done!
For this one, you’ll need a hot glue gun and a pair of cheap heels you’re willing to mess up (kinda). Pick your colors and shapes and glue strands of beads onto the heels in any pattern imaginable. This is a great way to use beads from the previous years to make some statement shoes for this year’s Mardi Gras party. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even glitter the heel with gold like this Mardi Gras goer did!
You’ll need a mask if you’re going to a Mardi Gras ball, so why not use your old beads to make it? You can take both strands or individual beads to glue onto your pre-made mask. This is another craft you could use any size or color beads for. You can find a plastic mask at a craft store or try to cut out your own. Plus, when you arrive at the ball and everyone asks where you got your mask, you’ll be able to say you made it from your parade catches!
If you’re looking for a fun way to show off your beads at the parades or a local house party, make a body chain out of them. Mardi Gras beads hook together easily with a twist so making this is as easy as gathering your beads and taking five minutes. The cutest way to wear this chain would be over a bralette or crop top of some kind, that way the chain hangs across your stomach like a normal body chain does.
Beaded Costume Bra
Mardi Gras is all about ridiculous and creative costumes and this bra is just that. These have been made as just a bra, with a few dangling beads, or beads hanging from each line to cover the stomach area. Any way you make it, this fancy bra top will be a hit at the parades. You definitely need to be a little patience to do this bead craft, but the final product will be unique and perfect for going out in the Quarter on Mardi Gras day.
Earrings are the simplest way to wear your old Mardi Gras beads. You can find earring hooks and metal earrings wire at any craft store. The beads typically don’t have large holes, or sometimes any holes, so having a small drill bit might be beneficial. Most of the time, earring wire comes with the stopper on the bottom so you won’t’ have to worry about tying it off or the beads slipping.
Which way are you going to wear your Mardi Gras beads this season? Know a way I haven’t mentioned? Comment below!
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