Paper Beads

I recently received a free sample of an interesting new glue from Nine Lives Products. It's called Glu6. Now, I love to incorporate upcycling and recycling into my craft projects where I can, so this glue really intrigued me because it's made out of recycled styrofoam.

I decided to give the Glu6 a try in an upcycling project that I enjoy, paper beads. In the past, I have used Elmer's Glue-All and Liquitex Gloss Varnish when I created paper beads. I am excited because using the Glu6 instead makes this an ultra-upcycled project.

If you are interested in trying Glu6, you can order it online at Nine Lives Products. Use the discount code "Fall2013" at checkout to instantly save 25% off your order until October 31.


  • Glu6 craft paste
  • Glu6 original
  • glossy paper from a magazine, comic book or catalog or a 9x11" scrap of wrapping paper
  • pen
  • ruler
  • paper trimmer
  • bamboo skewers
  • scruffy paint brush
  • waxed paper


There are two formulas of Glu6, the original which is clear and comes in a squeezable bottle and craft paste which comes in a jar. Both types dry clear. Also, both have a lemony scent.

Find a colorful page in a magazine or catalog.

Carefully tear it out and use a paper trimmer to cut off the jagged, torn edge.

Use a pen to make a mark 3/8 inch from the edge of the paper.

Position the page on your paper trimmer so that your mark and the bottom corner of the page are on the cutting line. Cut the paper with the trimmer.

Throw away the tiny strip of paper that you just cut off.

 Next, you will be cutting a series of isosceles triangles. (Two sides are the same length and two of the angles are the same.)

Position your page so that the top right corner is on the cutting line and the bottom right corner is 3/4 inches away from the cutting line.


Now position your page so the bottom corner is on the cutting line and the top corner is 3/4 inches away from the cutting line.


Continue cutting triangles by alternating the position of the page. Cut as many triangles as you can across the page.

I was able to get 21 triangles from one magazine page, but the amount may vary depending on the width of your page and how much you had to trim at the beginning to straighten up the torn edge.

You'll be doing some gluing in a minute, so you may want to place a piece of waxed paper on your work surface to protect it.

Next, you will be rolling each of the paper triangles around a bamboo skewer. I bought the skewers at my local grocery store. They are typically used for grilling but work nicely for rolling paper beads.

Place one of your paper triangles face down and set the skewer on the short side of the triangle. It kind of looks like a little flag.

Roll the paper tightly around the skewer.

Stop rolling when about 3-4 inches of paper remain.

Brush a thin layer of the Glu6 craft paste on the remaining strip of paper.

Continue rolling the paper bead.

I placed my skewer into a little jar while the glue dried.

Depending on the length of your skewers, you may be able to roll more than one bead on each skewer.

Roll as many beads as you like and let them dry overnight.

I like my paper beads to have a glossy, water resistant finish.

After all of your beads have been rolled and the glue is dry, use a brush to apply a coat of the Glu6 original over each bead.

Again, let the glue dry overnight.

The finished product, colorful, 3/4 inch long paper beads that you can use for jewelry or other beading projects.

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Thinking Outside of the Box

I've been blogging and selling on Etsy for almost two years now. Making things and writing about them is the easy part for me. Taking quality photos is still a bit of a struggle.

Earlier this year, I made my own light box to improve my product photos. It was amazing how such an easy thing could make my photos look so much nicer. However, it's kind of impractical to use the light box when I am photographing the steps for a tutorial. There's just not enough room to craft inside the box and sometimes crafting is messy and I didn't want to damage my nice clean background.

So, I came up with a way to create a simple, modified light box to use for taking tutorial photos.


  • 2 - 24 inch long pieces of 1/2" PVC
  • 4- 18 inch long pieces of 1/2 "PVC
  • 4 - 1/2" PVC side outlet elbows
  • 24 inch wide roll of white paper


This is my happy place where I create most of my crafting tutorials.

Hopefully with my simple new backdrop I'll be able to share some nicer pictures.

I used some of the same parts for my modified light box that I already use for my regular light box.

I simply made two "L" shapes with the 18 inch PVC then connected them with the two 24 inch pieces of PVC to make a little stand.

I ran the top connector piece through a roll of white paper.

Then, I pull the paper out as far as I need, clip it to the table so it doesn't move and start crafting.

This setup gives me plenty of elbow room to work on projects. It also provides a nice, neutral background for my pictures. Best of all, if I spill a little paint or glue it's no big deal because I can cut off and recycle the paper.

Let's start crafting!

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Inspirations - Anne Schellman

Introducing Anne Schellman from the gardening website Anne of Green Gardens. She's a horticulturalist.

It was actually a picture on Anne's website that inspired me to create my own fairy village. I can also relate to her gardening philosophy, "If you’ve never killed a plant, you’re not trying hard enough!" because I have definitely killed a few plants in my day.

In addition to her website, Anne is pursuing a dream and trying to get her book about miniature gardening published through her Kickstarter project. Take a minute to learn more about her project.

Please note, all of the beautiful photos in this post were taken by Anne's friend, Holly Guenther.

What do you create? 

I write blogs about how to garden, and recently became fascinated with miniature gardens. I met my friend Nancy who has a huge backyard fairy and gnome garden. It inspired me to make my own miniature gardens and to write a book about it.


What or who inspires you in your gardening and/or your life? 

My grandfather was a big influence. His name was Ferdinando and he was first generation Italian. He had an amazing garden full of flowers, nuts and fruits. As a little girl I visited him every weekend and helped him pick boysenberries, shell peas or crack walnuts. This made me want to grow my own food and flowers at home, so I saved up nickels and dimes and asked my mom to help me send away for seeds. I was so excited when they arrived!

What’s your philosophy about gardening and/or life? 

One of my first jobs was at a garden center where I made a friend who taught me a lot about gardening and life. One day I confessed to her “Sometimes I kill my plants.” To which she replied, “If you’ve never killed a plant, you’re not trying hard enough!” This has become my gardening philosophy.

Why do you create? 

I started my blog in 2011 because I missed talking about plants (at the time my job was in another field.

What other interests do you have? 

At 18 years old I didn’t know “who” I wanted to be so I took an aptitude test. It had over 100 random questions and I had to wait for 2 weeks to find out my destiny. When the envelope arrived I was shocked to read my top job recommendation was “mortician.”

Several years later I developed a keen interest in insects and started a collection. To get an insect to look just right, I freeze them (considered the most humane way to kill them) and as they thaw, I reposition their wings and legs. One day it occurred to me in retrospect that the test had been right; I was a bug mortician! I use my collection to teach both children and adults about insects.

Is gardening and writing a hobby, business, or something in between? 

Right now writing is a hobby. I have a “day” job but dream of being an author, speaker and having a television show. I had a local television show for about a year, but it was really difficult to continue with a 40 hour job. The shows are now online at,

Right now, with my Kickstarter project in the works, I’m very close to my dream of being an author! My Kickstarter is about miniature gardens and features a cameo by my friend Nancy’s very cute bunny named Coconut.

Stay connected with Anne:


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My Fairy Village

Welcome to my fairy village on the first day of autumn!

There are five houses in the village along with tiny cement stepping stones, a wooden stairway up one of the steep slopes, a reflecting pool, glowing flowers and even solar path lighting.

I can see the village through the sliding glass doors in our living room. As crazy as it sounds, I pause briefly whenever I pass them to see if there's any activity in the village. So far all I have seen are some lizards that like to visit the village during the day.

Join me for a 3 minute video tour of the village:

Or take the walking tour:

The lower village is home to the glass houses as well as the solar light charging station. Growing in the lower village, a Rudolph Euphorbia, Royal Pinwheel and some Silver Mist Helichrysum.

If you feel adventurous, climb the green stairway to the upper levels of the village.

The paint can luminaria house is centrally located and has a Breathless Blush Euphorbia in the back yard as well as a Dragon's Blood Sedum in the front.

A short trip through a narrow crevice leads to the next house.

The log house is nestled behind the Angel Hair Artemisia just past the Zebra Plant in the mini desert.

Be careful as you travel to the next house. It lies just beyond the main village's lighting system.

The shell cottage is located in the upper level of the village overlooking a deep blue reflecting pool.

 Whenever you need a little magical adventure, stop by for a visit and see if you can spot the fairies.

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