03 Mar '12, 9am
Today's easy DIY project: A lantern from Mardi Gras beads and old CDs
An estimated 25 million pounds of plastic beads made their way through New Orleans during last month’s Mardi Gras celebrations, according to yearly figures from the Los Angeles Times , with millions more being tossed and worn elsewhere. READ: Will Mardi Gras Beads Be Recycled? This huge number got us thinking: with a nearly unimaginable number of Mardi Gras beads left over, what could we possibly do with them after the celebration is long gone? A craft seemed like a fun place to start, so we polled Earth911 readers about what they’d want our resident crafter to construct out of our own stash of beads. 47 percent wanted the project to be “a surprise.” Here’s is the fruit of our beady labor: The Lantern.