Want to try a quick, easy craft with your kids?
Well, I am really not a craft-blogger, however, we made these suncatchers after school during BridgeKIDS recently and the project was so simple, I wanted to share it!
Beautiful, colorful suncatchers! (Although, the kids wanted to make them into countless other things – like large earrings, plates, frisbees, decorations for their dollhouses…)
At any rate, the kids had fun being creative and making their own designs!
Huge positives for me: it kept multiple ages busy for quite awhile, and no direct adult help required (except for the baking part at the end). Great!
So, here’s how it worked:
Start with plastic pony beads. You can find these easily in a craft store (or I picked mine up at Wal-mart). In the assortment I bought, there were some solid colored beads and some that were more translucent and glittery. They all melt fine, but we liked the ones that let the light shine through more easily rather than the solid ones.
Line the pony beads in non-stick pans in a single layer. We found that the end product looks more uniform if all the beads are placed the same way with the holes up/down, however they work fine if placed on their sides as well.
Also, I used cake pans, muffin pans, and mini-muffin pans to get different shapes.
After the pan is filled with a single layer of beads, put in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
I left some pans in a little longer (just an extra 5 minutes), to make sure all the bumps were well-melted. Just keep checking them every couple minutes after the 20 minute mark.
And, yes, the melting plastic smells bad. We opened windows and ran a fan while the pans were in the oven.
After the beads are melted, let the pans cool for a few minutes. I set the pans outside to cool and to minimize the smell. Once cooled, just flip the pan over and pop the suncatcher out.
We plan to drill a small hole in each of these, string them up, and hang them on our window!
Happy Friday, everyone. Enjoy some crafty-time with the kids in your life this weekend!
*For additional instructions, visit the Clever Castastrophe blog here, where I initially read about this craft.