I saw this post on another blog Freetail Therapy and I loved the idea! It sounds really easy to do. Being a couponer, I have a LOT of extra newspaper that we recycle. So I am going to try this out, I am sure my kids will love helping me with this project. To see the original post go HERE. I will do another post after we try this out, to let you know how it goes! If you go to her site, you can also pin this to pintrest (which of course, I already did!).
Old newspapers Large pot or metal bowl Glue (Elmer’s or other liquid glue) Sandpaper A drill to make holes in the beads Whatever string or ribbon you want to string the beads with Leftover paint Varnish
1. Grab a few newspapers before they make it to the bin or recycling
basket. Try a couple different papers for different colors. The Sunday
comics might be interesting!
2. Rip the newspaper into small pieces in a large stock pot or metal bowl.
3. Cover the paper pieces with boiling water (easy if you have a kettle on hand).
4. Allow this mixture to sit for an hour or more, stirring occasionally.
5. Drain the water using a strainer or try to get as much water as possible out with the lid of the pot.
6. With the paper back in the pot, add enough glue so that the mixture sticks together.
7. Squeezing water out with your hands, roll the mixture into balls. You can make the balls as big or small as you like.
8. Place the balls on parchment paper or foil.
9. Roll them several times a day for several days as they dry. Roll them every 3‐4 hours for a couple days for compact beads.
10. When completely dry, use the sandpaper to sand off any rough points on the bead.
11. Drill a hole through each bead for stringing. Bigger holes can accommodate ribbons and the like.
12. You can now paint the beads with any paint you have on hand. When
dry, you can varnish them with Mod Podge, clear acrylic spray, or other
varnish. For a great painting and drying rack, cut small notches into a
shallow cardboard box, such as a shoe box. This will catch any drips
when you paint and varnish the beads. Place long needles, coffee
stirrers, or sturdy wire through the beads and secure in the notches of
13. When dry, string the beads. Ribbons work especially well for these
chunky beads, but you can experiment with other materials.
Enjoy your recycled newspaper beads!