The final step for each bead is to roll it up. I remember rolling the beads around toothpicks when I did this project as a child, so I brought out some wooden skewers:
Initially, I assumed that the girls will work on a bead or two and then lose interest and I would end up doing the rest. To my astonishment, L and E both kept working and working on this task until they had rolled up nearly all the beads (I think I ended up with 4 or 5 to do myself).
Here's the result:
Aren't they beautiful? You can add a layer of glue/water mix (Modge-Podge) or spray with hairspray for a shinier look and a stiffer finish, but I think these turned out great just the way we made them.
L had a great time making a necklace:
If I have some time, I may be tempted to make my own (smaller, more delicate) beads out of all the holiday catalogs that we're getting and create something for my myself.