Melted Bead Valentine Sun Catcher

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Crafts, Holidays, Valentines | 39 comments

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Kids (adults, too)  enjoy making and displaying this Melted Bead Valentine Sun Catcher Craft! It is quick and easy to do along with looking colorful on your window! You know the three conditions of a good craft are: easy, inexpensive and turns out great! This craft meets the criteria!

My inspiration came from here

Supplies:

Metal cookie cutters of various sizes (important: do not use plastic!)

Plastic beads – any color, any shape, any size

This is what I used…..

The package of beads cost $1.00 and it made all three sizes.

(The clear beads look dark against this background.)

Drill

 

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I used a toaster oven and did this in our garage. You do get some plastic fumes if you do it inside! Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.

First, place beads inside the metal cookie cutter on a metal pan. If you use a disposable foil pan, spray with non-stick spray. When placing the beads, make sure there are no blank spaces. They need to be touching each other. It doesn’t matter if they are flat or on their edge as they melt anyway.

 

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Next, put in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 5 minutes. Check often to see if they are melted. Remove and let cool completely!! (very important) When cool, the Melted Bead Valentine Sun Catcher will release from the metal cookie cutter with just a little force! Your cookie cutters are useable again for another sun catcher or cookies!

This is how they look…..

 

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When cool, drill holes and attach together or separately. If attaching them together, the bottom one needs a hole at the top and the others need a hole at both the top and bottom to string together.

Melted Bead Valentine Sun Catcher

Now hang on your window!

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Another option is to make a patterned heart. Go here to see my other post for making different melted bead objects.

Have fun!

Phyllis

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39 Comments

  1. Thanks for linking up to the Creative Craft Bloggers Group Link Party! I’ve always wanted to try a melted bead project, but didn’t know what kind of bead to buy. I think my kiddos would love this project!

    • My grand-kiddos loved it so I think your kids will love it, too!

  2. What a cute Craft…and you could do all kinds of designs!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

    • Yes, any design works!

  3. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  4. This is so cute! We’d love for you to share this at our craft link party: leavesandstitches.

  5. This is such a cute idea. I should do it with my kids for sure. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Have a great week!

    • You can do it anytime for any holiday by just changing the shapes.

  6. What a pretty idea – love this ( pinning ! )
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you and appreciate you pinning it!

  7. What a great idea. I really want to give it a try.

  8. Another fun project. Thanks for sharing on the Spring Craft Blog Hop. Pinned and Tweeted.

  9. Love this idea, we melted beads in elementary school during art class but I love this idea of letting it hang, too! Need to do this with my kids! Pinning and shared on my blog’s FB page today 🙂 #creativemondays

    • By hanging, the sunlight shines through and makes the colors so bright! Thanks for pinning and sharing!

  10. What a brilliant craft! I love these – and didn’t know about melting beads. I need to try this. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo 🙂

  11. How creative! Would love to see how it catches the light of the sun. Thanks for sharing and linking up to What’d You Do This Weekend! Pinning 🙂

  12. So pretty!

  13. Oh my gosh – these are BRILLIANT! What a great craft 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  14. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  15. So cute! Now I have to go find some cookie cutters with no plastic on them. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Gingerly Made!

  16. That is the cutest ideas! I never thought about melting beads in the oven…you are so creative! Thank you for linking up this week at Sewlicious Home Decor!🙂

    Marti

  17. This is gorgeous, love the idea. Thanks!

  18. I loved making these as kids! Thanks for sharing at the weekend Re-treat hope to see you again this weekend!

  19. Phyllis,
    It’s so very nice to have you here at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  20. That is awesome! I’ve never seen anyone use plastic beads for melting.

  21. These are great! We love doing melted bead activities!

  22. Well, there you go quality time with the kids. I use to love making stuff with the kids, but what we mostly did was clean together and cook together. Never had time to do anything else. Unless we were all going somewhere, and then we sang together.

  23. These are so cool! I inherited a ton of metal cookie cutters from my mother-in-law that I could use. I can’t wait to go to Michaels and get a big bag of beads. Thank you for sharing @ Let’s Get Real!

  24. What a cute idea. I will have to try this next time when I am with my grand kids. Thanks for the idea.
    Have a great weekend,
    Bev

  25. My grand daughters would love this project and we try to do one every Wednesday afternoon. Glad I saw your post on Thank Goodness it’s Thursday party!
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

    • Have fun! They’ll love it!

  26. Fun! These remind me of the days my kids used to do perler beads! Thank you for linking up at the Blog Strut Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week! I would love for you to hop over anytime to Apeekintomyparadise.com and link up with the parties I co-host throughout the week!
    Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com
    #blogstrutbloghop

  27. These are fantastic! Such a great craft for the kids! I’d love for you to share this at my weekly link party. Hope to see you there! http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2014/01/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-73.html

  28. Too Cute! My students would love this! I’d love it if you’d share this at my very first linky party, going on now!

    http://www.accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2014/01/accidentally-wonderful-wednesday-1.html

  29. Super cute and easy! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Wow! I am going to try this…I love Valentines! Found you through the Stone Cottage Adventures linky party…now following and would love you to visit my little crafty blog, LifeSimply at http://paulaboudreaux.blogspot.com

  31. That is so pretty! I love have inexpensive beads can be transformed to a pretty object. Thank you for sharing!

  32. The melted bead craft looks like a winner. Will be travelling to see the CO grandkids the week before Valentines, so this will be perfect. I know they already have an ample supply of beads, and they always expect Grandma to have at least one craft activity. Thanks–Mary

    • Great plan! They’ll love it! You might want to keep checking as I’ll be posting more Valentine crafts! Thanks for stopping by!

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