Published on March 28th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Spring Break Kid’s Craft – Melt Art Suncatchers
So Spring break is going on for a lot of people. Not for us, as we’ve had so much snow this year, that we not longer have a spring break per se, just Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. But I came up with a fun craft that could potentially take the kids a few minutes to a good hour, depending on how many suncatchers they want to make. How about some pretty spring melt art suncatchers made with melted pony beads?
You’ll need some pony beads. I have mine sorted by color- I just realized I took a pic of my solids box, I also have a box of clear beads. Same thing basically tho.
One of my best tricks with working with beads is to use something like a paint brush, pen, or skewer to move the beads around. I find that big bulky fingers easily knock beads out of their intended spot.
I place mine on cookie sheets that I have covered with Aluminum foil. Once you have your designs, carefully move them to the kitchen, heat your oven to 400 degrees and put them in the oven for 15-18 minutes. I put mine in a cold oven and let it warm, so your time could be 10+ minutes in a hot oven. And don’t worry too much if your designs shift, it happens every time to me, I think I check them all when I put the pan in the oven, then when they are fully melted, find the one that shifted on me. The joy of a cute craft is still there.
Next, I just made my own designs. I have them here to see how the beads look, then again when they are melted.
A pretty pink, orange and purple butterfly, I started this one with the middle and then made the wings as even as I could.
This fun ladybug has a couple dots on it’s back, add more if you want!
A pretty blue flower, you could make a garden of them for your windows in every color.
A lovely tulip, pink and cute.
A colorful rainbow for dreary days, clear clouds that look so wispy.
An extra ducky that unfortunately didn’t make it to the done photographs. He caught on my hand, went flying and shattered against the brick wall. They are pretty durable if you melt them into a solid, but the gaps in him created a weakened image.
Here are the melted and completed suncatchers.
I simply used the naturally occurring holes in the finished piece to thread my clear thread through and hung them on mini suction cups on my window. If you find your melted piece has no holes, a hole can be easily drilled through to allow the string. Hubby did mine with a small drill bit.