Blogger and DSC reader Diane posted a cool tutorial for a beaded curtain at her blog, JuxtaPoser. She said: “I’ve made some of the stuff [from your blog], but most of it’s just admired. I think the other readers have much better dollar stores than I can find in my area! I have a craft that, while not made from dollar store supplies, could easily be. I just found my supplies in a different store. Even so, I think I spent $8 when I did buy everything, and I know that my dollar store sells garland around the holidays. You could even make it out of dress-up necklace or Mardi Gras beads.”
This would make a great decoration for a holiday party (St. Patrick’s Day is coming up!), or a good cover-up for an open closet, or a fun decoration for a tween’s bedroom.
Thanks for sharing your cool project, Diane!
- Beaded garland or strands of beads, $6 and up
- Dowel, broom handle, or curtain rod, $1 or on hand
- Hot glue, on hand
Total cost: $6 and up
If strands of beads are not available, buy nylon fishing line, plastic craft bead set and then make your own paper beads from magazines, giftwrap and other papers you normally throw away.
Thread a paper bead and a plastic bead alternately onto the fishing line. The plastic beads act as separators for the paper ones making them hang better.
Oh, forgot to say, rather than securing at the bottom with a knot, just tye one of the plastic beads on.