I’m not sure I understand the thinking behind that, especially as stores selling alcohol, (or Off Licences, as they are called in the UK), are.
It’s a very strange situation when, during a national crisis with most people like prisoners in their own homes, alcohol is considered more important than the very art and craft supplies that could keep people from going quietly mad in isolation.
Escapism through art/craft is much healthier than using alcohol.
I just don’t get it.
Keep busy everyone – crafting is a great form of meditation because it helps us forget the world for a few hours.
Hope you find my paper beads YouTube video useful in developing ideas for crafting without many supplies – see you next week.
If you are here to find out where you can buy the tools I use in the video, scroll down to the end of this post to find the links.
My favourite thing to do is go to my local card shop, buy a birthday card and then make a beautiful bracelet from the bag it came in.
It\'s always tricky giving friends and family handmade presents. We all know that fine line between something that looks handmade because it\'s so badly done and something that is handmade but also very pretty and wearable.
These little bracelets are brilliant if you are looking for low budget craft ideas for making presents or, even to make stuff to sell at craft fairs.
The beautiful beads on the right were made from this small, flimsy paper bag that many people would throw away. And they make gorgeous, delicate bracelets.
So you can see, low budget craft ideas don\'t have to look cheap.
Most people are shocked when I tell them that the bracelet I have given them is made from the paper bag their birthday card came in.
The beads actually look like they are made from china if you finish them properly with a few coats of glaze.
And if you are someone who doesn\'t have a ton of money to spend, a well made hand crafted gift is a great alternative to a shop bought present.
I would be touched if someone spent their precious time making me something.
The beads below were made from a sheet of waste printer paper and wrapping paper from one of my birthday presents.
I never throw wrapping paper away, even if it is torn. You only need a very tiny area of the wrapping paper to make these beads - watch the video to find out why.
The low budget craft ideas I show you in my current YouTube video will probably get you thinking differently about scrap paper.
The technique I show you for how to use the wrapping paper to make paper beads means that you can use any kind of printed matter as the base for the beads.
So that means you can use old bank statements, letters, junk mail - anything that comes in a standard page size with a rectangular shape, or that can be cut into a rectangular shape as you see me doing in the video.
What about the tools I use in the video?
The paper bead rolling tool I use is my own design. I manufacture them myself and sell them online at a very reasonable price.
I also design and sell the printed templates which you can buy online and download to print off but for those who don\'t have a printer, I have designed some paper bead strip template stencils that you place on to top of your paper and draw inside.
The stencils come in one sheet with four different size stencils on it.
For those people who don\'t have access to a craft store or who don\'t have time to search around online, I have created this page where you will find some of the products I use and some other products that are similar.
However, I do urge people to shop around to find the craft supplies they need - my Amazon page is there to give you suggestions if you don\'t know where to get your supplies.
Saucer beads can be quite tricky to master when you first get into making paper beads.
I tried all sorts of ways but then I found the best way to make saucer beads of all different sizes is to use the layering process.This works best of all for me.
To make the necklace you see above, I used an old 12 x 12 inch sheet of scrapbooking paper I had laying around. I cut it into quarter inch tapered strips and then layered them to get a variety of shapes and sizes.