Creative Use of Reuse: Mardi Gras Bead Coasters
Orlando OJ Monegas, RTNO House Captain
In the wake of Mardi Gras, my roommates and I were faced with a mound of beads sitting in the middle of our living room. The week before was spent a hootin’ and a hollerin’ to collect any of the goods thrown from the parade—all only to end up in a pile on the floor. About to grab a plastic bag to throw away the necklaces of painted plastic, I felt guilty about the amount of trash created. Hoping to use at least some of these necklaces, I grabbed a handful of beads and draped them over our dining table chairs to liven our place up.
While at the table, I noticed these boring cork coasters and hot pads that are just bland enough to blend into the wood grain. I snipped a few of the necklaces and laid out a pattern on one of them. Liking my work, I decided to make this more permanent with a little bit of hot glue. Before you know it I became obsessed with making personalized coasters for everyone in our house. The trick was making sure the beads were all of same dimensions to create a level coaster and the beads were compacted evenly and well-spaced. So before you throw your pile of plastic beads—think again!
The ReUse District, a first-of-its-kind network of New Orleans businesses and organizations founded to promote the awareness and accessibility of reused materials, has complied a list of ways for “Everyday ReUse” of household items.
Have a closest cluttered with the spoils of Mardi Gras? Clear up some space and make everyday a little more carnival by exploring these 11 Ways to ReUse Mardi Gras Beads. Look into this and other “Everyday ReUse” ideas at the ReUse District’s website at http://thereusedistrict.org/how-to/