Introduction: Recycled Tyvec Beads

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Use recycled Tyvek envelopes to make beautiful metallic beads!

Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

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Tyvek envelopes (Fed ex and USP use them)

Heat gun (or very hot hair dryer)

Wood skewers



DecoArt Dazzling Metallics

Wire cutters


Straight pins


Step 3: Paint and Cut

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Cut your envelopes in 6" wide pieces

Paint them with several different colors of DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paints

Cut them in long triangles that are about 1" - 2" at the base

Step 4: Wrap and Heat

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Roll them around a wood skewer and pin in place

Heat them until they start to melt

Cut 6" wire pieces with wire cutters

Add beads and wrap around the Tyvek beads

*Make sure to bend in the sharp ends


Muchtested (author)2016-01-03

How much time did it take to get the Tyvek to melt?

Mark Montano (author)Muchtested2016-01-03

Not much time at all. Maybe 30 seconds or a bit less.

Muchtested (author)Mark Montano2016-01-04

Thank you, I'm ready to give these a try.

bathsheba_everdene (author)2015-06-07

These are really nice. Are these envelopes labelled as "Tyvek," or how does one identify them?

Not sure if they are labeled Tyvec, but they are the non rip envelopes.

shazni (author)2015-04-25

These are really nice!

Mark Montano (author)shazni2015-04-26

Super fun to make, too Shazni!

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