Each year, more than 4 million people come to New Orleans from around the world to be part of what is often billed as the “greatest free party on Earth” — Mardi Gras! Since we here at Dollar Store Crafts love any excuse to party, and to create fun, inexpensive crafts, here is a roundup of last-minute Mardi Gras craft and recipe ideas!

Traditional King Cake


A Week of Mardi Gras by …from glitter to gumdrops

Host a Mardi Gras Party by Southern Living

{Baking} Mardi Gras Gookies by Sweetopia by The Tomkat Studio

Mardi Gras Cookie, Cake and Cupcake Ideas by Wilton

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday Recipes by Food Network

Host a Mardi Gras Party: Recipes & Free Printable Mask by Pizzazzerie


{Free Printable} Mardi Gras Party Circles! by The Tomkat Studio

Mardi Gras Masks by Fantasy Jr.

Mardi Gras Party Word Find by Mardi Gras Day

King Cake Game by DLTK

Children Size Printable Mardi Gras Masks from Gulf Shores Alabama Real Estate (PDF)

Crafts and Sewing

Mardi Gras Machine and Hand Embroidery Patterns by Urban Threads

How to Make a Shoebox Float for Your Dolls by Mardi Gras Day

Toilet Paper Tube Jester by DLTK

I (Shamrock) U Applique Pattern by SWAK Embroidery

What To Do With All Those Beads

Make a Turquoise Beaded Chandelier by Dollar Store Crafts (originally posted in August, 2010)

Celebrate All Year With Mardi Gras Beads by Planet Pals

DIY Chandelier by Brassy Apple

Reader Abby’s Mardi Gras Wreath by Dollar Store Crafts (originally posted in February, 2010)

Mardi Gras Bead Floor Lamp by HGTV

How to Make a Bowl Out of Melted Mardi Gras Beads by eHow

Melted Bead Lampshade and Jewelry by HGTV

Make a beaded portrait like Emen Levy