What To Do With Those Left Over Mardi Gras Beads

Happy Fat Tuesday! The party in New Orleans is in full swing today, but did you ever stop to think about what happens after the parade and party ends? Every year, an estimated 25 million pounds of beads arrives in New Orleans from China, and it’s unthinkable how much of that ends up on the streets for clean up crews. That’s a lot of plastic going to the landfill! Here’s some creative ways to reuse all those beads!

Colorful Bowl & Vase Fillers

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Take strings of beads and fill up a bowl or tray. Put a couple of candles in the middle of the bowl or tray. Mardi Gras beads also work well in vases in lieu of glass beads or stones.

Miniature Christmas Tree Garlands

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If you have a tiny Christmas tree, Mardi Gras beads make the perfect garlands for colorful tree decorations.

Give Them To The Kids

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After you sanitize the beads, let your kids have them. The beads make great treats for party prizes and pinata fillers. They also are great as costume jewelry for playing dress up!

Get Crafty With Beads

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Who said that the beaded necklaces have to stay necklaces? Cut the strings and get crafty. String the beads on a lamp frame, combine multiple strands to make a beaded curtain, or grab the hot glue gun and make some fancy bead coasters.

Save Them For Next Year

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Hold on to those necklaces for next year! Instead of having to buy a whole new bag of fresh beads, use last year’s beads for this year’s fun!

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