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I bet you thought I only do Mickey inspired projects, huh? I’ve been wanting to branch out to other characters; I was just waiting for the right project to come along and this was it! I have collected a handful of bead necklaces from New Orleans Square at Disneyland, where they toss them from the balconies, usually when you least expect it. (I had some beads land in my chowder breadbowl once.) I was looking at my beads last week thinking, “How can I Disney-fy these?” I thought it would be fun to make my own Disney Princess inspired Mardi Gras beads, using some traditional Disney Princess colors. The colors I used were:
Pink and blue for Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Red and yellow (champagne was the closest color the store had!) for Snow White. They are actually a bit more Iron Man … ha!
Green and purple for Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
I think these came out really great but I will warn you they are time consuming to make! The first one I made took THREE HOURS and a lot of mistakes that really slowed me down. The second set took two hours and the third one took under an hour. I definitely improved as I went along but I’m not gonna lie to you … this project is not for the faint of heart. Unless you’re a master knot-tier. I’m afraid I am not. Still, these are really fun and I’m glad I made them!
Round glass beads in your desired colors (about 90-100 beads total per necklace). I used Darice brand glass pearls, 8mm size. I found them at Michaels, and I found the pink and blue ones on Amazon.
Super glue (I like Gorilla Glue)
Step 1 – Measure out the embroidery thread. I used a mardi gras necklace I already owned as a guide, which is about 32 inches total. You’re going to need about THREE TIMES that length because of the knots. So you need about 90 inches of thread total.
Step 2 – Tie a double knot about three or four inches from the end of one side of the thread. Tape it to your workspace (make sure it won’t damage the surface first). (My pictures show the knot about an inch from the end. This isn’t enough slack to tie your final knot at the end! I learned the hard way! So heed my warning!)
Step 3 – Thread your needle at the other side of the thread. (Remember my tape trick for threading embroidery thread?)
Step 4 – Thread a bead and pull it all the way down to the knot.
Step 5 – Tie a double knot to secure the bead in place. This is tricky in the beginning, because you have a lot of slack on your thread. You want to get the knot as close to the bead as possible.
Step 6 – Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the alternate color.
Step 7 – Repeat Steps 4, 5, and 6 until you’ve gone through about 90 beads, or until you’ve reached the desired length.
Step 8 – Once you’ve reached a good length, remove the taped end from the table, and the tape from the thread. Tie the two ends together with a double knot and snip the excess thread.
Step 9 – Making sure your work surface is protected (tissue or paper towel is fine), dab some super glue over the final knot to ensure it stays in place.
You’re done! Enjoy your DIY Mardi Gras beads!