Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Recycled Cheerios box necklace

I started making paper bead jewellery as presents for my friends and quite quickly it has developed into a passion for recycling around the house. Now I have a growing collection of jewellery that can be purchased through www.folksy.com/shops/jayfa


As my children love to eat Cheerios I have made a necklace out of a used box.



Cut the box into triangles



Roll into beads and varnish



There you have it a unique necklace




45 comments:

  1. this is so bright and colourful - love it! I use cereal boxes to make covers for my notebooks and I'm going to start using them for my gift tags soon too. http://www.milomade.co.uk/blog/2009/06/new-cereal-box-notebooks/

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  2. Brilliant! What a fantastic necklace!
    Emma

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  3. very nice. looks like is porcelan hehe! genius idea.

    www.recycledbrain.wordpress.com/portafolio

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  4. I would love something in the photo to give us an idea of scale - are these huge?

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  5. Such a CUTE idea!Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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  6. Love these! Do you recommend a particular type of varnish?

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  7. wow - they look great - do you need to use any glue to hold them together before varnishing?

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  8. Thanks for all your wonderful comments. To answers your questions:

    I use PVA glue to stick the bead together before varnishing. I tried pritt stick but the water based floor varnish (clear) from wilkos doesn't work with pritt stick.

    These beads are the biggest I can roll from a family pack cereal box making the bead 20mmx25mm the thickness of the card also makes a difference but I find cereal boxes the best to roll.

    Always happy to help, just post a question and I'll try to answer. Emma

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    1. I used magazine pictures and sprayed with clear paint.

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  9. I absolutely love this, I will have to rifle through my cereal box collection to see if I have any that are appropriate. this would make a great gift for my nieces birthday that is fast approaching.

    www.ekoscraftylife.blogspot.com

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  10. These look so lovely, thanks for showing us
    Cathy

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  11. do you glue the back of the triangles before rolling?

    how do you varnish--brush, dip, spray, etc so that all sides are covered and dry easily?

    thanks! they are great looking!

    :-)

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  12. They are stunning,but I can not figure out how to roll them to look like yours?
    Any suggestions would be most welcome.

    Thank You in advance

    Pam

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  13. Hey smart blogger, Katie from Cheerios here. We love your idea so much that we shared your post with our community on Facebook. Check it out here http://www.facebook.com/Cheerios
    Keep up the great posts!

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  14. I am guessing you start with the big end of the triangle. How do you roll it so straight so they all look the same? Thank You!

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  15. wow! i would have bought that.....very nice

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  16. That's brilliant! How clever - thanks for posting the instructions, too. :)

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  17. what do you roll them around to make the hole in the center for stringing?
    great idea by the way! i use cereal boxes to make japanese "koma". a triangular shaped hanging covered with ribbon. pretty at christmas time with tassels on all the corners.

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  18. leehammer1 will you provide instructions for your japanese "koma" made with cereal boxes???

    Also can we get some measurements on the length of the pieces and width at the think part of the triangle.

    Thanks!!!

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  19. its a bit difficult to describe without pictures. they are in a book called "tamari treasures" by Diana Vandervoort in Chapter 10. my grandson made them with me so they are not difficult to make.

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  20. www.tamari.com/store.htm


    Book 3
    TEMARI TREASURES: Japanese Thread Balls and More $22.00
    More intermediate level projects using all 3 divisions - 8 more spectacular designs plus another wrapped ornament called the "koma" or spinning top. Tassels both informal and formal with dragonfly knot.

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  21. take a rectangle 3” x 9” and divide and mark it into 3 adjoining 3x3 squares. on the left most square, mark a diagonal from top left to bottom right. on the middle square, mark a diagonal from bottom left to top right. on the rightmost square mark a diagonal from top left to bottom right. score all the lines you marked. fold them and they will form a pyramidical shape. in the top of the pyramid form, glue on the inside a hanging string. seal the joins with tape or hot glue or whatever seems to work for you. start wrapping and glueing the ribbon from the hanging loop and follow the shape till it meets inself. repeat and repeat etc. if you want tassels on all the points, i glue them in first before sealing and wrapping the shape. the book makes it much simpler to understand with pictures.

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  22. To answer your questions here we go,
    hold the widest part of the triangle onto a knitting needle/stick, roll up to tip of the triangle then glue using PVA and hold till stuck.
    String all your beads on to cotton thread and dip them in your water based floor varnish, up and down a few times, don't take your time because the beads will soak up the varnish and they will take ages to dry.
    The key is to cut a perfect triangle and to roll it as symmetrical as you can. Very addictive, keeps my hands busy and stops me eating. Weight control as well!
    TTFN, Emma

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  23. the koma wrapping is a bit tricky the first time. the pictures in the book are really necessary i think. a great adult and child activity and they make great christmas presents at small cost.

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  24. Those are great-looking beads, Emma. Thanks for posting this

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  25. Eu amei!!Lindo vou fazer kiss!!

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  26. THAT's a one fantastic project!!! LOVE IT !!! Thanks for sharing!!! If you like projects like that you might be interested in one I made lately:

    http://momphotographer.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/crafty-mamma-recycled-magazine-mirror-frame/

    have a great day!

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  27. Keep in touch!!That is it ?Mantenha contato I dont speak inglish what a shame!!Kisses!!Beijos

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  28. I don't eat much cereal so I'm using the cardboard boxes that cans of pop come in... those come in almost every color!

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  29. So creative, thanks so much for sharing!

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  30. Love it, I wish I could make that. x

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  31. Any tips for keeping the paper rolling straight? Ours keep going askew and making a cone shape instead of neat beads. Thanks!

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  32. I will be working with school children and think this would be a great activity for mothers day. Is there anything you recommend other than varnish to create the gloss finish? I am concerned about the toxicity of the varnish. TIA!

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  33. These tips to much helpful for party hope I am post for my friend These boxes aren't necessary as most movers will wrap your mattress in plastic bags which are much cheaper to purchase. However, boxes will keep your mattress from being punctured or if it's being stored for a while, it'll protect it better from outside forces. Mattress boxes come in many sizes from cribs to twin to king-size.
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  34. Nice I also share with you something hope this helpful for you. Watching a show where somebody picks up a box and all the stuff falls out from the bottom may be funny on TV, but when that happens to you, it can be the most frustrating and stressful feeling ever. To make a secure box, you must properly fold the bottom flaps and tape the seam shut with three lines of tape going across the box. After you tape the bottom seam, roll another piece of tape that goes around the edges of the box for extra durability. Stuffing the box with newspaper or other stationary material will also make the box extra sturdy. Packing a moving box like this will make sure the box won't rip from the bottom. Check it out thanks.
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  36. i would like to know measurements of how to make GIANT ROUND beads like i saw on pinterest. i have tried and tried but can't figure it out. thanks!

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