Accessorizing with pearl rice beads

pearl rice beads, nylon thread|  India - Haridwar - 006 - shops sell every devotional need for the pilgrims by mckaysavage ( via Creative Commons

For centuries throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia, people having been using pearl rice beads to make various fashion items or even prayer beads.  Indeed, these smooth, often colorful, little beads do make for some beautiful accessories.

And, why should you not have one?  Pearl rice beads will look wonderful around your neck or wrist.  Being the crafter that you are, you can get started on making one right away.

Here’s what you need:

  • A few handfuls of pearl rice beads
  • Bead stopper
  • Scissors
  • Spool of nylon thread
  • Clasp
  • Crimp bead


  1. Take about 12 inches of nylon thread.
  2. Wrap it around your wrist and make a loop as tight as you want the bracelet to be.
  3. Cut excess thread.
  4. Place bead stopper on one end of the thread, about an inch in.
  5. Slide pearl rice beads on one by one in an attractive pattern.  Leave about an inch on the end of the thread.
  6. Remove the bead stopper and attach the two ends together.  You can do this with a clasp or just an old-fashioned knot.


This process is only slight different from the one above.

  1. Measure how long you would like your necklace to be and cut off a piece of nylon thread two inches longer than that.
  2. Place bead stopper on one end, about an inch in.  Slide the pearl rice beads on one by one, leaving an inch at the end.
  3. Put a crimp bead on after the last of the pearl rice beads.  Attach the clasp as well.
  4. Remove the bead stopper, adding a crimp and the other piece of the clasp to that side as well.

Making your own necklace or bracelet out of pearl rice beads is as simple as that.  You can make just one or really stand out by adorning yourself with a several bracelets and necklaces.  That part is up to you, just have fun crafting.


How to tastefully decorate your high heels

DIY shoe decor, feather, lace and jewel pendant “Feather shoes” | by allisonallison ( via Creative Commons


Do you have a pair of heels that need some sprucing up? Some think that decorating your high heels involves adding an insane amount of glitter, paint, beads, sequins, etc., and essentially creating a gaudy shoe that would only be appropriate for a costume party. While you can go that route, you also have the choice of tastefully decorating your favorite pair of heels to add a personal touch that will update your heel’s look and make you feel like you’re wearing a brand new pair! To make the heels pictured above you will need to:

Have with a pair of heels that you will be comfortable in

This is very important! Your feet must be at peace when walking, otherwise you will dread putting your heels on, no matter how pretty they are. Investing in a pair of Jessica Simpson’s shoes will put your worries to rest, as they have a comfortable and supportive arch, as well as enough toe room so your toes won’t be pinched. Whatever heel you choose, or already have, make sure you are ready to decorate it – the last thing we want is for you to regret changing your favorite heel’s look!

Choose your decorating supplies

  • Feathers
  • Decorative jewels or pendants – can be found in the jewelry section in arts stores
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun


  1. Prepare the pieces you want to decorate your shoe with. For example, you can cut your lace in the design you wish to have such as a bow or pleated disc
  2. Plan how you will layer feathers according to your own preference
  3. Choose the pendant or jewel you want to use as the main centerpiece that will go on top of your decorations to tie everything together
  4. Start to glue your decorations with your glue gun, layering one piece at a time
  5. Wait a day for it to dry

After that, you can enjoy your brand new pair of high heels! If you want to go even further than what’s mentioned above, using fabric glitter paint in a champagne color can be a beautiful addition to the shoe. You can get stencils in any design from the art store (perhaps a paisley or vintage swirl design) and use the glitter paint to trace the design to the back of your heel. This will add some pizzazz without going overboard.

Don’t be afraid to get creative! Share your ideas or past shoe decoration projects in the comments section below.

Best of the Web No. 16

Craft Corners Best of the Web, wire cube organizer


There’s no better feeling than the feeling you get when you’ve made something yourself. This week’s lineup features a wide range of expert crafters in scrapbooking, photography, card designs, paper crafts and other craft related projects! Regardless of your crafting niche, you’ll surely find inspiration with every single one of these craft-a-holics. The best part about it all is that the projects are easy enough to execute and cute enough to use!

Lo and Read (Everybody needs hobbies)



The LO and Read blog  is where I share my hobbies. It is mostly about paper crafts, plus a few commentaries on books I have read thrown in for good measure. I am a traditional scrapbooker and my style is fun & playful. I enjoy using bright colors, mixing patterned papers, vacation layouts, decorating boxes, multi-photo layouts, working with sketches, and making cards from scraps. You will see a bit of everything if you browse my blog. I have a few tutorials too, including the one for the folded roses on the box above ( I hope you get a chance to stop by and say Hi! – Patchi

Pami’s Crafty Creations



Hi, my name is Pam and my blog is called Pami’s Crafty Creations.  I started my blog almost 3 years ago, wow, it has flown by!  I mostly make cards and some altered items and my blog showcases my work, good and bad!  My blog is a journey of my papercraft addiction really and its amazing to see how I have changed along the way.  I am learning all the time and I love visiting other blogs for inspiration, there is so much out there.  Hopefully I can pass on some inspiration to others too! – Pami x

Hand made by Fiona McCarthy



I have been crafting and cardmaking for the past 4 years or so and have been blogging for just over 2 years. I live in Ireland, and as far as I am aware there are not too many crafters near me. So blogging is a great way to share my creations and meet lots of other lovely crafters and be inspired by their fabulous work. Please pop on over to my blog as I am always delighted to make some more friends! – Fiona

Diane’s Digital Designs



Diane’s Digital Designs  is a site where I post my digital stamps for hand crafted cards, scrapbook pages, or other craft projects.  Digital stamps are simple to use [check out my site for my tutorial on my very first post or YOUTUBE], requires no physical storage, can be re-sized to fix any project, and colored as desired.  My digital designs are also free to all the visititors and followers of my site.  I post a new digital design  every week with lots of sample projects to inspire the hand crafter. I also do commissions for card sets or individual cards with colors and designs made to order.  Stop by to get hooked on digital stamps! – Diane




swissgirlDesigns is my little piece of the Internet. It is filled with stories of my life and tons of craft-related projects, mainly scrapbooking and photography ( My style is very bright and feminine with that unexpected punch of bold color. You should check it out to see what I’m talking about. ;)
About two years ago my love for stamping became a new direction, when I started to design, manufacture and sell my own clear stamp collections on Etsy (! They go under the name ‘swissgirlDesigns’ and I am super excited to announce that a new collection is soon to be released on the blog. :D
I’d love for you to come over and say hello. :)
xoxo, Rahel ♥




1CardCreator is where I share my passion for making greeting cards.  I do my best to share new tips or techniques I have learned along the way.  Sometimes I share how to make home made designer paper, or maybe how to make a pop up card. I love giving handmade cards and I love making a few extras to share with my friends.  But most of all I love connecting with bloggers all over the world and discovering their passions, I hope to meet some of you through my blog. – Diane

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge


untitledI started ‘My Crafty Outlook’ blog ( just over five years ago. I love papercrafting, mainly making cards, but I also do a bit of scrapbooking, altered notebooks etc. This blog is a record of what I’ve been making. I enjoy entering various craft challenges which helps keep me motivated and encourages me to try new techniques etc. so most of my blogposts refer readers to links to other crafting sites where they can find further inspiration.

I make a lot of cards and sell some to raise money for charity. Therefore I need to make a lot of Christmas cards, so for the past few years I’ve made them throughout the year. To encourage others to do this I started my Christmas challenge blog at the beginning of last year. This has developed into a successful venture – I now have enough sponsorship to give a prize every week to a randomly selected winner. I’ve recently created a page on Facebook( which is beginning to gain interest. – Hazel

So what do you think? With all these ideas, the inspiration is just bursting out of my computer screen! But when it comes to crafting, I’m sure we all have our difficulties when it comes to staying organized. Desktop file boxes decorative are a great way to stay organized amidst all the crafting chaos! Sort and arrange all your supplies into different categories to make locating items easier. Till next time, happy crafting everyone!

Upcycle your shower curtain into a beach bag!


beach bag Creative Commons | Michela Simoncini (

Spring comes with those warm days and a lot of water activities! The breezy and pleasant days of spring give you a chance to swim in the community pools and open ocean. So, pick your beach essentials and throw them in a beach bag. Make personalized beach bags at home to save money. Here are some things you will need to make a beach stunning bag:

  1. One shower curtain
  2. Coordinating fabric
  3. Scissors
  4. Thread
  5. Sewing machine

Here are the steps that will help you to make some cute beach bags at home!

  • Choose an old but strong shower curtain

This project can help you use your old shower curtains. Pick a shower curtain that can be attached to fabric. Your curtain should not soak up water or getting ruined due tochlorine water. Choose a hookless shower curtain from Target. Check out the white and brown Escape curtains online. Made from 100 percent polyester, these curtains are water-resistant, mold resistant and mildew resistant. Go for some more colorful curtains if you want to have a peppy beach bag.

  • Give a shape to your bag

Take a large piece of fabric and fold it in half. Cut out the extra fabric and give your bag the desired round bottom. Your fabric should be 26 inches wide and 20 inches tall when it is open. You can make your bag as tall and as wide as you want. Now, fold your shower curtain in half. Its ring holes should be on the top. Place the fabric on the curtain and pin it. Your fabric and curtain should be of the same size and shape.

  • Make and sew the straps

Cut out a rectangle from the fabric. Now, sew along the open sides of the straps. Sew the ends of your straps with the bag’s top. You should now be able to lift up the bag with the help of these straps.

  • Make a little pocket on the front of your bag

Pick a piece of coordinating fabric and cut a square out of it. Now, sew only three open sides of the fabric with the front side of your bag. Leave an opening on the top of the pocket.

Your beach bag is now ready to store garments, sunglasses, sunscreen lotions and much more for you! You can make a chic beach bag and gift it to your loved one as well!

Craft with your kids: Painted Flower Garden

plastic wrap roll by jamiesrabbits ( via creative

I love to have a craft day with my two lovely daughters once every ten days as a rule. Not only do they love it, I enjoy myself thoroughly as well. Let me tell you what we crafted this week, and I can tell you we had a blast doing this one too.

We created a painted flower garden! Confused? So this is how we did it:

  1. I downloaded and printed some flower templates which I cut out for my daughters. We choose many different flower shapes and many flowers because we wanted a very full garden.
  2. Then we all choose the colors for our flowers. We wanted a very colorful garden so we choose blues, reds, yellows, greens, and even some purples and pinks.
  3. Once we choose our paint colors we dotted the flowers with little bits of paint. If you don’t want your little ones to get to messy you can add the dots to the paper flowers with plastic spoons.
  4. Now, in my opinion there are two ways to paint your flowers using the plastic wrap to keep your kids fingers from touching the paint: You can either take a sheet of plastic wrap and place it over all your flowers and then let the kids move the paint around with their fingers on top of the plastic, or you can wrap one of their fingers in plastic wrap and then let them use just that finger to mix all the paint colors together on their paper flowers.

Here’s a tip: This project can get messy so be sure to cover the area where you’ll be painting with newspapers. Also make sure to purchase an entire plastic wrap roll since a lot might be needed if you experiment with several colors for your garden.

  1. Let the paper flowers dry completely.
  2. To decorate your flowers you can cut out little round circles of felt that can be glued to the center of the flower.
  3. Use a drinking straw or craft stick to create a stem and stick at the back of the flower. You can also cut out leaf shapes out of construction paper or felt and glue them to your stick. Let all your glue dry completely.
  4. Now create your garden by placing sand, clay, or styrofoam into a shallow bucket or other container (This will help to hold up your flowers). Now “plant” your flowers into your garden by placing the sticks into the sand, clay or styrofoam. This would make a lovely Mother’s Day craft for children in schools or at home with the family!