Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How To Recycle Mardi Gras Beads

A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long Plus Some Fun Recycle Crafts

A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long

Recently, while in Tampa,  I went to Gasparilla.  Gasparilla celebrates the arrival of the pirates to Tampa Bay.  Like Mardi Gras it's a big celebration that includes parades, floats and beads.
As I looked around and saw people covered in beads, I could not help but wonder what was going to happen to them once everyone got home!
So, here is my list of ideas to utilize Mardi Gras Beads, as well as, some pretty creative Mardi Gras bead recycle and upcycle ideas:
  • Use beads to make costumes 
  • Give beads to the kids to play dress up 
  • Have a pirate party and decorate with beads
  • Use beads for Holiday decorating (A bowl of festive colored beads for New Year, Hanukah, Christmas or use beads to trim your tree and other decorations)
  • Use beads in crafts (see some ideas below)
  • Donate them to a teacher for classroom crafts
  • Donate them to a senior center for crafts
  • Make crafts with the kids
  • Use them to adorn gifts instead of ribbon
  • For more recycle ideas and upcycle crafts check out planetpals.com. 
So, next time you go to a Mardi Gras Parade or Gasparilla event, and go home covered with beads, think about recycling them.  Remember, if you can't use them, someone can! 
But whatever you do--don't just trash them.  Remember-thrift stores are glad to take them, too. Also, don't forget free cycle.

If you live in New Orleans you can recycle your beads at the following locations:
  • 925 S. Labarre Rd., Metairie
  • 5700 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans
  • 333 Sala Avenue, Westwego
  • 3406 Hessmer Avenue, Metairie

Here are some of our favorite Mardi Gras bead Craft Ideas:

From Blue Green Arts on blogspot - Mardi Gras Beads Crafts
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From Rubypr.com A Mardi Gras chandelier ...all you need is imagination.  Embellish and existing one--or make a new one! 
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From Embelishedbyyou A Mardi Gras table decor or hostess gift.  You could also do this during the holidays or any other time of year: 
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Also from Embelishedbyyou a Mardi Gra Bead covered Candlestick. 
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From Artist Mark Kirk this exquisite Mardi Gras bead lamp:
A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long Plus Some Fun Recycle Crafts
This Mardi Gras Bead tree is way cool--why not cover a box or plant pot! 
A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long Plus Some Fun Recycle Crafts 
Mardi Gras Bead Lamps 
A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long Plus Some Fun Recycle Crafts 
This work of art Mardi Gras Bead covered Piano called TEMPTATI Is from New Orleans Artist John Lawson:
A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long Plus Some Fun Recycle Crafts
From Artist Emen Levy Mardi Gras Bead art. Try this yourself or with kids!
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 From Etsy Mardi Gras Bead Jewelry:
A Long List Of Ways To Celebrate With Mardi Gras Beads All Year Long Plus Some Fun Recycle Crafts
Make costumes parts such as glasses with beads: 
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4 comments :

  1. I live in Baton Rouge, so we just give them to the local kindergartens for their wagon parades. But I had no idea that New Orleans had actual places to recycle them!

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