Tutorial Tuesday

How-to: Paper Beads and Project Ideas

Hey there crafters! I want to share some tutorial videos on making paper beads. They’re super fun and easy to make.

But first, I’ll share a little bit about what I’ve been up to. You may notice the first video is Tutorial Tuesday Ep 9. I’ve already released Episode 10 (which you can watch here), but I never blogged about this video. Why not?

I was at the beach! This was my first time going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and it was a very neat experience. However, the island we stayed on was very remote. Like, we’re talking so-remote-everything-on-the-island-is-way-overpriced because, to get to a Walmart, you have to ride on a ferry and drive several hours kinda remote. As you might suspect, internet might not be the fastest somewhere like that.

Fortunately, I was able to upload this next video while I was there, but it took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. Just kidding, it didn’t take a literal forever (obviously, since it is uploaded 😉 ), but it took way longer than normal. Which, normal is pretty long to start with.

Anyways, these videos show how to make fun paper beads and three project ideas for using the paper beads. In the videos, I mention using colored paper, but if you’re a truly horrible person, you could make some very cool beads using pages torn from a book. But only if you’re a terrible person who would tear up a book. 😉 …Or maybe find some used books at a thrift store by a cliche author and use those. But if you make beads from books pages, I forbid you from using the Hunger Games books, the Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Little House on the Prairies series, to name a few. 😛

Now, back to my beach story!

So I was on the island with hit-or-miss internet connection and didn’t post much. Also, the point of going to a remote island is to unplug and enjoy the beach, so there was some time I could’ve used to blog that I used to enjoy the island and family time.

But alas, vacation is over, and I’m back to the real world. Fortunately, though, I’m always on the lookout for craft ideas, and I have some neat ideas I’ll share soon.

In an upcoming video, I document my shell gathering adventures, plus some crafts that use shells. The tourist shops were quite the jackpot. Almost everything in those overpriced stores of materialism and consumerism used sea shells! Naturally, my response was, “why spend lots of money on a souvenir when I could make my own out of shells I personally gathered?”

So keep an eye out for those videos, and I’ll try to blog more about my vacation. Let’s just say I’ve dubbed this the Murphy’s Law Vacation. But those stories are for another time. Get out there and make some beads!

Happy Crafting!

-Amanda

 

 

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