Mardi Gras season is here and you are busy catching all those beads. Well what do you do with your left over Mardi Gras beads once it is over? Lots of people just throw them in the attic or trash without thinking twice. Well I have found some great ideas of what to do with them by crafting, recycling, or selling them.
Left Over Mardi Gras Bead Crafts
Crafting with beads you can make all kinds of different things. You can make the classic bead dog using only five beads. You can make a Mardi Gras cone tree by gluing strands of beads together. Mardi Gras bead wreaths are also a very creative fun way to use those beads. They can be used to add decoration to a tea light candle (a battery operated one of course). There is so much crafting you can do with leftover Mardi Gras beads, check out our Pinterest board for these and more.
Recycle Left Over Mardi Gras Beads
Recycling beads are also a great way to get rid of all the beads in an earth friendly way.
The Arc of Greater New Orleans has a few places to recycle. Here is a list of a couple: Clearview Mall near Semolina’s (drop off anytime), Whole Foods on Veterans (seasonal drop off) & for a full list call (504)837-5105.
Raising Canes Locations and Fleurty Girl Shops are also accepting beads for St. Michael’s Special School.
Keep an eye on Krispy Kreme’s Facebook Page. In a few weeks they will offer a dozen donuts in exchange for your beads.
Sell Left Over Mardi Gras Beads
There is also the option of selling the beads. People are always looking for some to throw at parades or just collect. Some places to sell them are ebay, craigslist, or a local online garage sale site such as VarageSale. Selling the cheaper ones in a bundle and the unique ones individually seem to work for most sellers.
Now to get the beads out of the back of your car… that’s the real problem! Looking for something to do now that Mardi Gras is over? Check out our post on 29 Things You Can Do In New Orleans in February.