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Granny's Paper Beads
By Amy Cook
Intro | Instructions

My great-grandmother, Bertha Ehrensperger, was one crafty lady. During the Great Depression, when resources were scarce, she found myriad ways to make beautiful objects from everyday materials. As a result, she survived one of the most economically grueling periods of history looking like a million bucks. She tatted yards of lace from simple string, for example, and made colorful beads out of the Sunday comics. These beads can be made from any lightweight paper, including wrapping paper, of which you're bound to have plenty this time of year. So in the spirit of Bertha, save every scrap! You may be wearing it later.

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