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Published on July 5th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain

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Pony Bead Suncatchers

When the minions were small, I, being the good momma I am, bought them tons of craft supplies.  Figuring that it would create good hand eye coordination, I bought them bags and bags of pony beads and charms, plastic lacing and even boxes to keep the beads in. I figured that they could create for hours, making cute girlie necklaces they would enjoy showing off. I forgot how generous toddlers are…. Mommy, here is  necklace I made for you, presenting me with mixmatched charm necklaces heavy on one side, and multicolored all over. As I surreptitiously hid them in a drawer in my jewelry box, the girls would exclaim, “Mommy, you should wear my necklace out today!” I would stammer an excuse and tuck the beads away for another day.  Move on to several years later- both girls excel at flute playing, so I think it worked. But I still have the dreaded beads sitting in our craft supplies. Being frugal, I didn’t want to just toss them, after all, they were perfectly good, just ugly.

Thank goodness for Pinterest.

I found this fun project using them, to create melt art and pretty pony bead suncatchers that are colorful.

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Here’s what you’ll need.

Pony beads, and some cake pans. I lined my pans with foil, just in case the plastic left a residue, don’t want to ruin my pans. I have an 8 inch and a 10 inch pan.

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I first lined the outside of the pan with beads, for a border. Then I started with my pattern. When I had that laid down, I filled in.

Pony Bead Suncatchers - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I don’t have a pattern for you. Thought about creating one, but you’d have to eventually slip it out from under the beads, that would mess up the whole thing. So I just really eyeballed it.

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If you find it impossible to just create a pattern, don’t despair. A geometric pattern was easier to make and I just made a circle in the center with black beads and went out from that.

When finished, heat your oven to 400 degrees. I baked mine for a start at 20 minutes. I found the beads slightly melted together, but I wanted mine to really melt down. So I left it in for 5 minute increments and took them out after about 30 minutes. I found some of the foil lined beads didn’t melt as nice, but the whole thing turned out ok anyway. Yes, this does create a smell in the house, but I didn’t find it bad and was able to put a couple fans in the window and aired it out relatively fast.

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Put it on the counter, and let it COOL. after about 15 minutes mine was cool enough to handle and I pulled it from the pan. Then I peeled off the foil. If you had it smooth, it will peel very easy.

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here is the front

Pony Bead Suncatchers - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

and here is the back

Pony Bead Suncatchers - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I was totally prepared to drill holes to hang my pony bead suncatchers with fishing line, but there were a few little holes and I strung the line through one.

Pony Bead Suncatchers - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Pony Bead Suncatchers - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

What a fun way to  keep your kids out of your hair for a couple hours. I mean, keep them occupied with a fun craft.

Kristen

 



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