The Occasional Wife

To Bead or Not To Bead?

InsightRachel SanderfordComment

Mardi Gras is over and now all you have are your memories and probably LOADS of beads. Some are definitely keepsake material while others not so much. 

So how do you get rid of them?

Recycle those babies!

The easy answer has always been to throw away unwanted things but now it's just as easy to recycle! There are several organizations out there who will take your beads to be reused. Arc of Greater New Orleans has "for over thirty years created wage-earning jobs for individuals with intellectual disabilities by collecting, sorting, & repackaging Mardi Gras throws." So not only are you helping with the clean up of our city but also giving people a chance to support themselves! 

The Occasional Wife will be doing a bead drive with recycling bins from Arc so if the other donations places are too far out of the way for you then come on by the store! 

Visit Arc here for more information on donating locations, buying beads, or volunteering.


What if you don't want to get rid of them? 

If you're a nostalgic person or you have kids who would be very unhappy with you giving those beads away then here are some DIY projects you can do with the whole family.

Mardi Gras Wreath


Who doesn't love a beautiful and welcoming wreath on the front door? This diy is pretty easy and you could definitely let the kids help!



Coasters can be used year round and I'm sure you have beads of every color. Make some coasters for the next holiday like St. Patrick's Day or make some for every day use with gold or silver. 



Now this one I think the kids will really get behind. An awesome beaded monogram to hang on their door. Another simple one to make that you can include the kids in.

Beaded Decor


I know you are probably saying why would I decorate a pumpkin right now but put this away in your crafts folder for fall. I mean, look at how cute it is!

The concept for making other DIY decorations (vases, jars, bottles) will be pretty close to how this pumpkin was made. 

And last but not least you can make an amazing beaded chandelier!


The options are endless if you want to get crafty. Or recycle! Either way you win!