Giveaway: 31 Bits

31 Bits

I took an art class in college where we turned pieces of paper into beautiful things. We made intricate paper airplanes, two-story houses and 3-d objects— all from paper. Yet never once did I come up with something as beautiful as these necklaces made from paper beads. These Ugandan women are incredible artists. I am a huge fan of 31 Bits— not only is their jewelry vibrant and beautiful, but their heart is in the right place.  Watch this video to see how 31 Bits is revolutionizing the way people do business. They are transforming a community in Uganda and empowering women to rise above poverty and transform them from the inside out.

31 Bits has partnered with us to give away $100 worth of 31 Bits jewelry to one lucky winner. Keep reading on if you want a chance to win these incredible necklaces and bracelet in the picture below!
Giveaway! 31 Bits

Why we love 31 Bits…

31 Bits is a company that rocks. It started when Kallie Dove, a college student traveled to Uganda in 2007. She was changed from the experience and wanted to find a way to help these Ugandan women who were living in poverty. The answer came through the paper beads these woman made into jewelry. Talk about some eco-love! The jewelry is beautiful, but the women behind 31 Bits are even more beautiful. Make sure to check out 31 Bits and learn more about their awesome mission.

31 Bits

Enter the giveaway now!

Family Sponge is giving away $100 worth of jewelry from 31 Bits to one lucky readers. Winner gets the Swift necklace in blue,  the Loom bracelet in navy, and the Bellflower necklace in maroon.  Here is what you have to do to qualify for this awesome giveaway:


1: VISIT 31 Bits.

2: LIKE Family Sponge on Facebook.

SUBMIT: After you complete these two steps, please comment below and tell us something you have made from paper. This is how you will be entered in the giveaway.

BONUS ENTRY SHARE this giveaway on your own Facebook wall. Leave an additional cmment below letting us know.

BONUS ENTRY SUBSCRIBE to the Family Sponge Newsletter. Leave an additional cmment below letting us know.
* This giveaway ends Dec 20, 2012 at 11:59pm PST.

Comment below to win.


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61 Responses to Giveaway: 31 Bits

  1. Karen December 13, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    I once made into journals by sewing bottoms of half used office paper together with a brown bag as the cover. Nothing as amazing as this jewelry.

  2. Stacy Ashley December 13, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I have made made necklaces out of paper.

  3. Stacy Ashley December 13, 2012 at 6:48 am #


  4. Lisa Volpe December 13, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I”m not gonna lie…I have nothing made out of paper? Other than the obvious things of course! lol! I just can’t believe these women made JEWELRY out of paper? How genius! This is a cause worth supporting!

  5. Chris December 13, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    I have made flower boquets out of paper, but they were no where as awesome as this jewlery!

  6. Amy K. December 13, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    My kids and I just made paper snowflakes to hang in our windows. Back in elementary school, I made a ton of paper fortune tellers! 🙂

  7. Amy K. December 13, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Shared on FB wall, too!

  8. Andrea December 13, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    I’ve made my own greeting cards.

  9. Jen Chapman December 13, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Snowflakes, airplanes, origami, Christmas ornaments. But the paper beads I’ll leave to the pros!

  10. Jen Chapman December 13, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Facebook shared! 🙂

  11. Caitlyn McMillan December 13, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I have made many cards out of paper…yeah I guess I’m not so crafty..yet! And I am subscribing to your newsletter!

  12. Pamela S December 13, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Paper chains! Shared on FB. 31 bits is such a wonderful organization. I love them. And found them thanks to Family Sponge a while back!

  13. Bridget December 13, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    We just finished making a wreath out of vintage dictionary pages.

  14. Kyle December 13, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    My favorite paper making project is oragami. My daughter and I make these really easy little paper folded stars and her tooth fairy has a knack for folding dollar bills into stars, hearts, t-shirts, rings, you name it! Thank you for the chance to enter to win beautiful Ugandan paper beads!

  15. Kyle December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    P.S. I also shared this on my facebook wall! My friends would love the chance to win these necklaces too!

  16. Kyle December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    P.P.S. I’m already a subscriber to Family Sponge Newsletter. Love you guys!

  17. Carly December 13, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I absolutely love this site, your newsletter and the facebook page, and share it with everyone I know 🙂 I recently made flowers at a home for aging and ill convent sisters as a community project. We made the flowers out of scraps of gathered tissue paper and pipe cleaners. They loved it, and so did I 😉

  18. erin w December 13, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    paper airplanes : )
    i waitressed in college and one of my regulars would leave me $2 bills with my tip folded into a ring : )

  19. erin w December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    shared on facebook

  20. erin w December 13, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    subscribed to the newsletter

  21. Tammi December 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I made paper airplanes with the kids. 🙂

  22. kaceyjt December 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    My sisters and I used to love making little paper beads for jewelry and such when we were younger…of course, our necklaces never came out looking quite like these:)

  23. Angela Isaac December 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    I once made an origami paper crane out of a $1 bill. 🙂 I liked you on FB & signed up for the newsletter. Would love this beautiful jewelry!

  24. Carley Rose December 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Ihave done paper mache planets…such as Saturn, and attached string with cardboard rings and hung it from ceiling

  25. Crystal December 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I love making origami cranes and stars from paper!

  26. Crystal December 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    shared on FB.

  27. Michele December 14, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    Right now I am making 25 gingerbread house paper forms for my daughter’s class. Love these necklaces!

  28. christina obrien December 14, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    My two children make garland from decorated construction paper. We do a new one for the Christmas tree every year! 🙂

  29. Rachelle Gilmore December 14, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I make flowers out of paper!

  30. Crystal Scott December 14, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I have made Chain link string for the Christmas tree with my kids before!! This jewelry is amazing!

  31. Kim @ design + life + kids December 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    birthday cards. we no longer buy birthday cards to give out to our immediate family. every card is handmade using paper and scraps and our imaginations. makes for a much more personal and funny memory

  32. Raina Smith December 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Paper airplane, origami, I use to make doll furniture for my dolls out of it. Yes it held up too. Of course I wasn’t rough with my dolls or furniture. I still make footballs and fortune tellers for my kids. Paper mashay maybe I spelled it right? Lol. It so much you can do with paper. Fold it enough and it gets soft like tissue!

  33. Arianna Carlson December 15, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    I actually have a 31 Bits necklace that my husband won on another give-away you were having and he gave it to me for our 5 year anniversary.

    I don’t want to be a winner. I want to give the opportunity to another lucky person, but I do want to say that I love my necklace and get tons of compliments on it.

    Shared on Facebook!

    and am already Subscribed to your Newsletter. Family Sponge ROCKS!

  34. Kristy December 15, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    I make snowflakes for Christmas decorations with my kids. They also make birthday cards for every birthday in our family.

  35. Kristy December 15, 2012 at 6:04 am #


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  37. Sierra Y December 15, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I make Paper flowers !

  38. Dorothy December 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I make greeting cards out of all kinds of paper and give as gifts

  39. Lisa Flynn December 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    My boys and I love to make oragami!

  40. Lori L December 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    For my wedding my mother and I made over 1,000 paper flowers for part of the centerpiece. In hindsight, we might have gone with something less labor intensive, but I made some memories with my mother that are irreplaceable.

  41. Joanna Murnan December 17, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I have repurposed paper to make unique and personalized wrapping paper for gifts – great activity for kids! This jewelry line is beautiful!

  42. marybeth i December 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I am a papercrafter so I am always making something out of paper – most recently I finished a page for an altered art journal I am working on

  43. marybeth i December 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    shared on the wall of my facebook page

  44. manda kay December 20, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I use to do origami.

  45. Tasha Jones December 20, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I made a 3d star for my Christmas tree topper

  46. Tasha Jones December 20, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I subscribed to the family sponge newsletter

  47. Tasha Jones December 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I shared this post on my facebook wall

  48. Becca Katzmann December 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I made a smilie face head 🙂

  49. Becca Katzmann December 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm #


  50. Rachel Dawson December 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I made a miniature bedroom out of paper…… was in a sculpture class in college!

  51. Rachel Dawson December 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I shared on Facebook!!

  52. Rachel Dawson December 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I am also a newsletter subscriber!! 🙂

  53. nikki hatfield wilson December 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    I use scrapbook paper to cover clipboards and may pendants covered in resin.

  54. nikki hatfield wilson December 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Shared on my fb wall and tagged you.

  55. nikki hatfield wilson December 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I am also a very happy email subscriber.

  56. Jackie December 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I hand print wreath.

  57. bridget December 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    umm, i’m not so crafty. my daughter draws alot on paper.

  58. Michele December 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    i made a fortune teller out of a holiday napkin yesterday for a coworker

  59. Sheau December 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    We made our advent calander with handmade papers that I made back in college. It is a scene of Christmas trees, little house with elephant and some stars.

  60. Sandy December 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Paper cranes, paper flowers, homemade flashcards for my toddler for plane ride

    • Sandy December 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      I know this doesn’t count towards entry but forgot about paper chain of heart peace signs for my best friend during high school, and yes those fortune tellers were popular during middle school