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« on: February 27, 2011 05:25:28 AM »

These are large paper rainbow beads that I made and worked on yesterday and the day before on and off, I still have more to make.  I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for what to use them for other than a necklace, bracelet or monster earrings?
Here is a link to some other ones I made with a short tutorial on how to make them.  For these I just added more paper and used a pen for the center, thats why they are so big.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2011 05:33:58 AM »

Glue them to the end of a dowel and use as a hair chopstick, or somehow put a pin back on one to make a brooch.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011 05:50:09 AM »

Those are cool!  What about keychains?  Perhaps combined with a few beads or other components? 
Or, you could use them for zipper pulls on a purse. 
Wine glass charms for a party?
Depending on your furniture they could be put on drawers for a decorative touch on a side table or dresser.

Ummm, that's all I got so far.  I gotta try paper beads, I keep looking at them and loving them... gotta try 'em.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2011 06:04:01 AM »

Glue them to the end of a dowel and use as a hair chopstick, or somehow put a pin back on one to make a brooch.

Thanks for the ideas, I will have to see what I can come up with.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2011 06:05:40 AM »

Those are cool!  What about keychains?  Perhaps combined with a few beads or other components? 
Or, you could use them for zipper pulls on a purse. 
Wine glass charms for a party?
Depending on your furniture they could be put on drawers for a decorative touch on a side table or dresser.

Ummm, that's all I got so far.  I gotta try paper beads, I keep looking at them and loving them... gotta try 'em.  Smiley

Thanks for the ideas.  I never would have thought of key chains, good idea.  Also the decorative side would be interesting too in a clear glass bowl or something like that.

They are a little addictive once you start making them lol.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011 06:08:22 AM »

These are so bright and cheery!  You could string 'em up and make a windchime?  or just a cheerful dangle for the kitchen or bathroom!
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2011 07:34:06 AM »

These are BEAUTIFUL!
how did you make these? did you just make paper beads and paint them?
and if you make dreamcatchers, those could look really neat on a dream catcher...
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2011 08:06:32 AM »

I just saw your tutorial... thank you, this is such a neat idea.  How 'bout pencil-toppers?
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2011 08:30:39 AM »

i was thinking mobiles, and that's pretty much been suggested.  what about using them to decorate the end of fan pulls or curtain strings? 
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2011 08:38:06 AM »

Wow, these are BIG, love the colours Cheesy you did great
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2011 09:40:55 AM »

I love the rainbow colors!!!
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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2011 02:46:34 PM »

Love them! I've been making paper beads, too, it's so fun.  Cheesy What did you use as a finish? I've been using mod podge but I find that it dries slightly tacky.
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2011 03:17:51 AM »

They are vast and lovely Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2011 06:32:55 AM »

They are so pretty! Great job!

As for ideas for their use, my vote is with mobile! Cascades of those big, beautiful rainbow beads would look so great hanging from a hoop with cotton balls glued to it to look like fluffy clouds.
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2011 10:15:16 AM »

Someone already said this but the first thing I thought of was for a wind chime.
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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2011 10:19:49 AM »

These are so bright and cheery!  You could string 'em up and make a windchime?  or just a cheerful dangle for the kitchen or bathroom!
A windchime would be a great idea, thanks.
These are BEAUTIFUL!
how did you make these? did you just make paper beads and paint them?
and if you make dreamcatchers, those could look really neat on a dream catcher...
I have a link to a short tutorial where the pics are, I just used six sheets of the paper instead of which I mentioned in the tutorial. Just different coloured paper, no paint involved, but I had thought about that.  A dreamcatcher is an idea I hadn't thought of, maybe have to look them up. Thanks.
I just saw your tutorial... thank you, this is such a neat idea.  How 'bout pencil-toppers?
Pencil Toppers, now that is an interesting idea.  Thanks.
i was thinking mobiles, and that's pretty much been suggested.  what about using them to decorate the end of fan pulls or curtain strings?  
I like the fan pull Idea, I have a few fans in my house, thanks.
Wow, these are BIG, love the colours Cheesy you did great
Thanks a lot!
I love the rainbow colors!!!
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Love them! I've been making paper beads, too, it's so fun.  Cheesy What did you use as a finish? I've been using mod podge but I find that it dries slightly tacky.
Thanks. Actually I just used the glossy Mod Podge.  I haven't had any problems with it.  I just let it dry about 10-15 mins between coats.
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They are so pretty! Great job!

As for ideas for their use, my vote is with mobile! Cascades of those big, beautiful rainbow beads would look so great hanging from a hoop with cotton balls glued to it to look like fluffy clouds.
I definately like the mobile idea.  Would have never thought of the cotton ball clouds though, thanks!
Someone already said this but the first thing I thought of was for a wind chime.
I may just try that windchime idea, thanks.
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« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2011 07:20:25 PM »

I second vote mobiles, ceiling fan pulls, and prettys for a windchime. Also, how about Christmas tree ornaments? string them together into garland or cluster bunches onto an existing garland? You could:
-fill a pretty glass bowl with them for a nice centerpiece
-hang in a window with some shiny beads
-hang from a rearview mirror
-cat toy if they aren't too delicate
-pencil topper for the kids (or kid-like adults)
-zipper pull
-make a cluster tied together with bright ribbon and maybe a bell to hang off a doorknob
-string together to make the handle of a purse
-glue several around the edge of a picture frame for color and dimension
-lamp finial (the bead that tops the harp of a lampshade)
-wire together with sparkly bits into a summer wreath for the door, or maybe in clusters on a boxwood or grapevine wreath
-big ol' earrings or statement bracelet/necklace
-finish with a bead to make bobbles to hang where one would ordinarily put a tassel- curtain pull, end of table runner, edge of furniture upholstry, piano or mantle skirt, etc.

Hmm, that's all I can come up with for now. These are pretty cool, love the colors!
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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2011 07:22:42 PM »

Or attach to a fancy stopper to make a wine corker, add a stem and the little one could be a toy top. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2011 01:47:09 AM »

Those are fun Smiley

I'd probably use them on ribbon for book thongs.
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2011 07:30:31 AM »

They're beautiful! I think I'll make some with my kids today... thanks for the tutorial!

Love all the suggestions posted here. I would add napkin rings to the list. I've been wanting to do individual napkin rings here for each family member, and I think we'll try with these paper beads to see how it turns out. Thanks for the inspiration!

Also, if you have a whole lot of them, I bet a beaded curtain room divider would be fabulous!
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You could use them for a mobile for over a baby crib, or a window hanging.
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« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2011 06:36:30 PM »

what about like stringing them together to make a belt? not like a belt belt that holds your pants up, but like a fashion belt that just sits on your waist? you know what I mean? I think it might looks pretty cool. Or if you plan on making lots more, like maybe a bead curtain.
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« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2011 07:09:48 PM »

Wow, thank you everyone for all of the fantabulous comments and ideas.  I am just bursting with inspiration now on what to use them for.  Thanks to all of the creative people here. Now I just have to decide what to try and make, may take me awhile but I will try to post the end results on here.  Smiley  Hope everyone is having a crafty day!
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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2011 08:35:30 PM »

what about macrame? You could make a plant holder or wall hanging. My mom used to do that using big wooden beads.
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« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2011 03:02:42 PM »

what about macrame? You could make a plant holder or wall hanging. My mom used to do that using big wooden beads.

That is a cool idea, i know exactly what you are talking about, I remember those plant holders!  We had them around when I was a kid. 
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« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2011 09:15:02 PM »

Love em!
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« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2011 07:45:04 AM »

Love em!
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« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2011 10:23:34 PM »

(I didn't read the comments so forgive me if I'm asking the same question) How do you get the beads to be in those different shapes? Do u use a lot of paper for the beads or do you have a special way of cutting them? When I roll my beads its seems that you can see white (from the backs) show through. How do you get the colors to be so solid? Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2011 07:18:23 PM »

Sorry I have not gotten back to you before now. 
I actually used craft paper also called construction paper, it is a thicker type of paper that is coloured on both sides.  I taped many of those together, one of each colour and then made a very long triangle shape as far as I can remember.  So bigger at one end than the other.  I think I was able to get them so large because the paper is quite a bit thicker than most other papers.  I just did some experimenting with the shapes.
Hope this helps.
(I didn't read the comments so forgive me if I'm asking the same question) How do you get the beads to be in those different shapes? Do u use a lot of paper for the beads or do you have a special way of cutting them? When I roll my beads its seems that you can see white (from the backs) show through. How do you get the colors to be so solid? Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #29 on: October 25, 2011 08:04:19 PM »

These are fabulous!  What about making a whole bunch, and creating a" beaded curtain style"  window valence?? What a cool way to brighten up a plain white window panel!
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