Published on July 5th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
here is the front
and here is the back
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.
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.