Today we have Celena from The Traveling Sisterhood guest posting today. Celena is a home-schooling mom of 4 who often travels across the country with her family and ends up in amazing places because her husband is in the military. In her free time, she volunteers with Into-Africa.org, teaches, acts in local plays, and loves to write whether it’s blog posts at The Traveling Sisterhood or a children’s novel she’s been working on, and everything in between. Please enjoy her post!
Paper Beads, Africa & Summer Fun!
Since I began volunteering with our favorite non-profit, Into-Africa, early last year and my daughters saw pictures of African children on their website, they’ve been wanting to find ways to help. Into-Africa brings clean water and builds schools in the most impoverished nations in Africa and it touches my heart that, as young as my daughters are, they also see the need there and want to help.
Everything seemed to fall together after their birthday party last Saturday. The twins turned 7, their little sister is turning 6, and they ended up with some great gifts and lots of beautiful wrapping paper which we decided to recycle instead of throwing away. I don’t mean we were going to throw it in our big blue recycle-can. Nope, we decided we’d make paper beads with it to make into unique necklaces to sell and earn money for Into-Africa! It’s been too hot to play outside during the day (105 here in the desert!) and Into-Africa is having a fundraiser booth later this month. This was the perfect time for an indoor summer project.
Paper beads are really very easy, so environmentally-friendly, and make more beautiful jewelry than you’d imagine would come from old paper!
Here’s What You Need:
Paper – from wrapping, magazines, or anything else you can come up with.
Toothpicks – for wrapping the paper around in order to make a hole in the bead.
Here’s How You Do It:
1. Cut the paper into strips. Ours ranged from 1/2″ to 1″ wide and were about 6″ long. If you cut them pointed at the top they come our much better.
2. Put glue all over the white side of the paper except for at the very bottom where it will touch the toothpick so that it will come off easy when it dries.
3. Fold the paper around and around the toothpick. You may have to add extra glue once you get to the very end so it doesn’t unroll.
4. Paint glitter glue on thickly all over the paper.
5. Set the beads still on the toothpicks in a bowl to dry.
6. Make them into something beautiful! We combined ours with some traditional round beads to give the necklaces and bracelets even more variety.
We hope you loved our activity and will give it a try! We wish all of you a wonderful summer.