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Beads for the Big Easy: 23 Mardi Gras Inspired Jewelry-Making Ideas!

Costumes, fatty foods, and beads galore can only mean one thing–it’s Mardi Gras time! The Carnival celebrations have begun, and Fat Tuesday is less than a week away. Though I don’t usually engage in any Mardi Gras celebrations myself, it’s always fun to see the bright colors, the masks, the feathers, and of course, the beads! Unfortunately, acquiring these beads comes at a certain shame-inducing price (I think you know what I’m talking about)… Well hold on to your morals, beaders! We’ve gathered some fun Mardi Gras themed beaded jewelry projects so you can participate in all the Mardi Gras celebrations while keeping your clothes on! We’re sure your mothers would thank us.

Purple, Green, and Gold Jewelry-Making Designs

The colors purple, green, and gold scream Mardi Gras. They’re bright, playful, and joyous–just like the Carnival celebrations themselves. Each color symbolizes something different, so make a piece of jewelry in each color and wear them all at once to get the full Mardi Gras effect!

Purple = Justice

Beautiful Bijoux Crystal Cuff

Faux Purple Leather Feather Earrings (shown)

Color Wire Earrings

How to Make Glitter Clay Beads

Green = Faith

Easy Being Green Necklace & Earrings

Garden Green Bauble Ring (shown)

Glass Bottle Necklace

Garden Tone Native American Style Bracelet Pattern

Gold = Power

Gilded Feather Headband (shown)

Golden Bugle Bead Bracelet

Faux Gold and Sapphire Ring

Golden Spiral Necklace

Strand Necklace Designs

OK, so maybe you still want the Mardi Gras “party animal” look minus the degradation. You can still get the fun effect of the long, layered strand necklaces with these festive beaded necklace designs. Wear one on its own or layer a bunch of them (depending on how “wild” you want to get). They look great either way!

Colorful Bead and Knot Necklace (shown)

Chain and Seed Bead Summer Necklace

Asymmetrical Peapod Necklace

Pretty Scrap Necklace

Simple Illusion Necklace (shown)

Stash Buster Multi Strand Bead Necklace


Beaded Jewelry Projects for Party Time!

Above all, Mardi Gras is a time of celebration. Everyone is feeling festive and ready to party! Even if you won’t be in New Orleans for all the fun and festivities, you can still participate in Mardi Gras parties wherever you are. These “party time” projects show that you’re ready to have a good time. These are good for any celebratory occasion.

Pretty Crystal Party Earrings

Ready for the Party Earrings

Party Animal Necklace

Quick Holiday Party Earrings

Cha Cha Paper Beads Bracelet


With these beaded jewelry ideas, you’ll be looking fabulous on Fat Tuesday! Be sure to check out all our other free jewelry making projects over at FaveCrafts and AllFreeBeadedJewelry!

So, will you be celebrating Mardi Gras?