|Posted on January 30, 2017 at 10:25 AM|
I'm in the process of designing my 2017 workshops and am very excited about some of them (okay, I get excited easily). But I'm having a ball coming up with new ideas and making my samples which I will post on Instagram (I'll be setting this up soon) as soon as I am done making the samples. Among some of my workshop ideas are a packing tape sticker label workshop (where we recycle glass jars into storage containers), a bath bomb workshop (recycling egg cartons) and an amazing book folding workshop creating woodland critters by recycling old paperbacks.
My first workshop is a Basic Paper Bead Workshop. This is a basic workshop where we recycling magazines, junk mail, old maps, newspapers, calendars, catalogues - well any scrap paper into paper beads. Participants will be shown the various techniques used for making and then create their very own. All you really need for making paper beads is any one of these paper materials and you can make necklaces, earrings, brooches, and bracelets. Let your imagination go wild.
It also occurred to me that all those drawings that my little friends made for me could be repurposed as beads. I love this idea as it's a great way of preserving their work in an incredibly creative way. So, if you've got a pile of drawings that you don't want to toss out, why not consider upcycling these into beads.
Beads can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes from large intricate beads to more sophisticated ones. I always look for ways to make a recycling craft easy (and fast) so I was inspired by a neighbour who has arthritis in her hands to come up with an very simple way for her (and kids) to create spectacular beads quickly and easily. The above necklaces were made by a group of 7- and 8-year olds. Took less than 20 minutes!
More adventuresome crafters can create itty-bitty ones such as the one above. If you are in the Ottawa area, why not come along for a great time to create something wonderful and spend some time with other creatives. Making paper beads is actually simple with my methods - any kids who come along will enjoy this workshop as well. And, bonus, you'll have gifts already on hand when a birthday or other festive occasion pops up.
For more info on the paper bead workshop, click here.