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Orphan bead makeover

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My daughter-in-love is a web wizard by day and cookie designer by night. She asked me to make her a couple cookie scribes to do detailing on her cookies- so I made her a bouquet of them and she was so excited. This is a display I made for the shows. They will work great for cookie decorating or hors d’oeuvres. It was a great way to use up stash beads just sitting there begging for a life!😁


Stash beads with large holes, I used turkey baster stainless steel ties and also found some with a ball top. They are about 2mm, so need large whole beads I used the large silicone earring backs for the stopper beads and wool/felt balls for the end( they’re super sharp so not intended for little kids). Anyhoo, another fun project.

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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    What a clever way to use beads that are probably bored with just hanging out. They must be so thrilled you have given them beauty, purpose and the opportunity to associate with cookies and hors d’oeuvres.

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Wow, what a cool way to use up orphan beads. I usually end up making bracelets with memory wire.

  3. CAS
    CAS says:

    Absolutely utterly brilliant Robin!!! They are gorgeous. You could make little themed hors d’oeuvres sets (like the two ones that look like Christmas candy and red tree) – they would sell like hot cakes.

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Fantastic Robin. Now all of the orphans are a big happy family. Such a great idea. I’ll bet the silicone stoppers work well. Lovely Christmas designs also. Love the ones with the bellflowers on top.

  5. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Great idea–I’m sure she was more than excited! Beautifully crafted, and I especially like the ones with the ‘candy’ beads as they seem to fit the part.

  6. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Oh, my goodness, these are fabulous!!! What a wonderful way to use odds and ends and lonely beads.

  7. kye
    kye says:

    What a wonderful idea. I can see why she was excited. I bet they sell well. They certainly look appealing the way you have them displayed.

  8. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Great idea! I like the peppermint candy ones especially… Great for Christmas.

  9. Melody F
    Melody F says:

    Cookie scribes could easily be adapted and become hairpins, hatpins, garden stakes to hold seed names, or party placecard holders.

  10. Chali-o
    Chali-o says:

    My son, 6, said those are some pretty swords. lol. I had to explain to him what a hatpin is. They are lovely, no matter how they are used. :-)

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