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I seem to always have scraps of wrapping paper after I wrap all my gifts.  I hate not being able to use them, so I thought I could make some interesting wire ornaments for decorating gifts using the scraps.  Not only does the gift look nice, but the recipient gets two gifts!
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Step 1: Materials

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For the wrapping paper beads:

1.  Wrapping paper

2.  Q-tip

3.  Glue stick

4.  Exacto knife

5.  Ruler

6.  Cutting surface

7.  Pen or pencil

8.  Clear nail polish

For the ornaments:

1.  Wrapping paper beads

2.  Assorted metal and glass beads

3.  Wire

4.  Pliers

5.  Wire cutters

6.  Fishing line

Step 2: Bead Making

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To make these little beads, you want to start by trimming your wrapping paper to the needed size.  You'll be cutting one-half (1/2) inch wide by eight (8) inches long strips out of the paper, so make sure your piece is big enough. 

Once you have the paper trimmed, use a ruler to mark out half inches on the back side of the paper.  I make a set on each side, which creates a guide to help cut straight edges. 

Using the ruler as a straight edge, cut the strips.  Next cut the strips diagonally. 

Use a Q-tip with one tip cut off to roll the beads.  Start at the wide end of a strip of wrapping paper.  When you have the end of the strip wrapped around the Q-tip, run the glue stick over the rest of the strip of paper.  Finish rolling the strip around the Q-tip.  The newly finished bead should slide easily off the Q-tip. 

After the beads dry, I place them back on the Q-tip and coat them with clear nail polish to give them a shiny protective finish. 
sunshiine3 years ago
Clever idea! Thanks for sharing.
jlloyd4 (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
You're welcome. And thanks for the nice comment!