Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY Beaded Fluer De Lis

This fluer de lis is the perfect as a Mardi Gras decoration. But since we live in New Orleans, we can get away with displaying it all year. 

What you will need:
  • Foam core or cardboard
  • Newspaper (and a lot of it)
  • Box cutter
  • Packing tape
  • Clear drying glue
  • Hot glue
  • Mardi Gras beads (all the same shape/size) 

1. Cut out a fluer de lis out of newspaper. Fold the newspaper in half so that it is symmetrical. 

2. Trace the cut out onto foam core or cardboard (anything you have around the house)

3. Use a box cutter or exacto blade to cut it out.

4. Ball up newspaper and tape it to the cut out. You can ball up as much newspaper as you want to make more of a relief. 

5. Now you can start gluing Mardi Gras beads onto your masterpiece. Use hot glue to adhere beads on all the edges. I like to use hot glue in the beginning because it dry quickly, although I would not use it for the whole project because it doesn't hold as well as other glues. You can use any clear drying glue to adhere the rest of the beads onto the fluer de lis.



  1. Can you post instructiuons on how you did the platter on the show. thanks

  2. Hello! I work at Chet Pourciau Design and wanted to reply to you right away and tell you how to make the melted bead platter. First of all, be very careful when melting beads. If you are doing it inside (which I do not recommend) keep all the windows open. Turn your oven to 400 and check on the beads every 10 minutes. There is no exact bake time. It depends on the beads you use. You can also try melting the beads in a grill outside (better for your health) Build a big fire, and check on the beads every once and a while.

    Sorry there are no exact instructions on how to do this (that's why it's not on the blog) Most of the time, this project is a hit or miss! Good luck, please send me pictures. I can then post your photos on the blog! Have a great day.