Stacks of newspaper
always seem to accumulate in my house. Newspaper always comes in handy for something, even if it is starting a bonfire on a cold winter
night. I use newspaper for packing fragile items
when I move, so I am starting to gather piles again, in the hopes we can soon move out of this tiny abode into a bigger one.
A Storybook Life has a tutorial on how to make beautiful paper beads
using newspaper, water, glue, craft paint, varnish, and a drill. All you need to do is rip the newspaper into small pieces, put the paper in a stockpot and cover with boiling water, stir the paper after about an hour of soaking to help break it apart, drain as much of the water out of the paper as possible, and then add Elmer's glue and shape into a ball. From that large ball, make as many size beads as you can, let the small balls dry, rolling every once in a while to squeeze out more water, and then sand each bead to remove any rough edges when the paper ball is completely dry. Drill
a hole, paint
, and varnish.
You can make necklaces, bracelets, earrings
...whatever you can imagine or would normally use store bought beads for; try using newspaper beads
instead. The simply perfect DIY weekend project!