Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Embroidery Beads

This is an awesome project from Lines Across, especially for someone like me who has tons and tons of embroidery thread left over from the many many many failed attempts at making the fancy knotted friendship bracelets with my daughter.  I think we could both do this and enjoy it much more :)  So many color possibilities as well.  You don't have to make beads of only one color- try two or make a pattern, the possibilities are endless!

What you need:

1. Scraps of paper or card stock
2. Scraps of embroidery thread
3. Mod Podge

What you do:

1. Cut your paper to the width that you want your beads to be. Wrap the paper around something like a BBQ skewer (other ideas: a long nail, a thin paint brush, a toothpick...) and glue the ends together. Make sure you don't glue the paper to the skewer.

2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside of the paper bead. Start wrapping the scrap piece of thread around the paper.

3. Trim the extra thread and add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead. Let the bead dry (I moved the bead along the skewer a few times while it was drying to make sure it didn't get stuck).

Now you can use these beads to make a bracelet, or you can mix them with other beads. I think they would look especially cute as a part of a hemp friendship bracelet.

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