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Published on December 9th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain

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Perler Bead Ornaments

I have another idea for you to try using metal cookie cutters. How about some ornaments for the tree that the kids can make.

All it takes are some Perler beads ( also known as Hama beads) and some ribbon to hang them, plus some shaped cookie cutters. Boom, quick fun Perler Bead Ornaments!

I love when the kids can sit down and do a craft- especially since I kinda love the peace and quiet that I get while they are concentrating on those crafts! This set of ornaments takes a little patience, but you don’t have to make them my way, you can just fill the cutters up with colors for some bright ornaments.

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You will need cookie cutters- metal!!!- in various shapes or sizes. And some parchment paper to protect your cookie sheet.
YOU MUST USE METAL COOKIE CUTTERS!! these ornaments go in the oven, plastic cutters will melt.

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Begin by adding your beads into your shapes.  I love these little green Perler bead tweezers. I bought a kit that included them, and they are super handy to put beads into shapes.

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I started with a handful of beads, then as the shape filled in, I added the details.

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Be sure to fill your shape, but don’t over fill it or the cutter will pop off the beads. Hey- I do stupid things so you don’t have to!

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Once you have your beads in your cutters, and all your shapes are defined, perheat the oven to 275 degrees. I didn’t notice an odor in the house, but the kitchen had that plastic smell you get when using the oven to bake plastic crafts. Bake the beads for about 20-25 minutes. I began checking the ornaments at 15 minutes. And then checked them every 5 after that. You want to see the beads kind of melt into each other and thicken around the edges.

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Pull them out of the oven, then let them cool. After about 15 minutes, they were cool enough to pop the shape from the cutter.

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Wahla, there you have it. Fun, cute ornaments, perfectly fun for older kids to create, but easy enough for younger kids to join in on  the fun.

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Use a little 8 inch piece of ribbon to tie onto the ornament- they have holes already to use!- and hang them from the tree.

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A few of my beads were extra melty, I believe that just happened with certain colors. But I don’t mind it, they are handmade with love after all!

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Enjoy!

kris



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