Published on December 9th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
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.
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.
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.
I started with a handful of beads, then as the shape filled in, I added the details.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!