Mod Podge decoupage glue
Shallow baking pan
Pot of Vaseline
Acrylic paint in various colors
Small, round paintbrushes
- Working from top to bottom, cut the
wrapping paper into long triangular strips. Hold your hand
steady and cut a straight line, otherwise your bead will
look all wonky. Nip the pointy end off of each strip.
- Prepare your work surface by pouring
½ cup decoupage glue into a baking pan and arranging
the floral foam and toothpicks within reach.
- Run one strip at a time through the
panful of Mod Podge, making sure each side is well-covered.
To squeeze excess liquid from the paper, slide the paper
strip between your thumb and forefinger. Wipe your fingers
on a damp rag before continuing to step four. (This will
all be very awkward and sticky at first, but be patient
and you'll soon have a clean, efficient system going!).
- Take a toothpick and dip one end in
the Vaseline. This will keep the glue from sticking to the
wood. Starting at the wide end of the strip, wind the paper
around the toothpick, smoothing and tightening as you go.
- Place the toothpick into the floral
foam to dry.
- When the beads you've made are good
and dry, they are ready for finishing touches. Paint designs
on them with acrylic paint, or just apply a coat of shellac
to add some shine. Orange shellac is great to unite different-colored
beads with an antique-like gleam.