Lets take it back to 1993, when Cat was a bright young 10-yr-old, doing everything she could to not ever have to go outside and play organized sports or competitve games of any kind. My mom, who is more crafty that I could every hope to be, recognized that her strange, pale little girl would rather be indoors, covered in hot-glue-gun-webs, making something instead.
One of those many things she taught me was how to make lovely little beads out of magazines.
We have more magazines than we know what to do with in our house, so here is a little craft you can do to eliminate some of those pages:
Step 1: Gather your supplies:
- glue (I used Tacky Glue because its all I had, but Elmer's will do too)
- thin wooden dowel / BBQ skewer
- cup of water
- *not shown: clear nailpolish, yarn or string, needle
Step 2: Pull out a few pages and cut into page-long triangles as above.
Step 3: Roll the wide end of the triangle around the dowel once or twice. Now, depending on your glue of choice, you can (a) dot the triangle with glue as you roll the rest of it around, or (b) mix your extremely goopy Tacky Glue with some water, and paint it on with a Q-Tip. Either way, it gets a little messy here, so keep a little wet towel on hand. *Remember not to do the first few rolls too tightly or you won't be able to get the bead of the dowel.
Step 4: Once your beads are somewhat dry (I did a whole bunch so as the last ones were being rolled, the first ones were solid), throw a topcoat of clear nail polish on them for shine and to bond all the layers together.
Step 5: Let your beads completely dry.
Step 6: Get your string or yarn and start creating your necklace. I chose to do three tiers and then tied them all together at the back. I measured so it could fit over my head so I didn't have to fuss with closures.
Step 7: Stand back and say, "ta-da!". You have finished your DIY magazine bead necklace! Look at you, so talented. Do your parents know how talented you are? You should tell them.
Step 8: Look out the window and wonder why all the stray trash on the block ends up in your backyard and not your neighbors.
*I'm also wearing my new handmade Bird Shirt, which will be in the shop this week!