Looking for a fun project this Winter Break?
This is a SUPER simple craft idea that doubles as a memory to display on your tree forever. Even toddlers are able to make these cute melted bead ornaments.
What You’ll Need:
Plastic Beads: Any kind work. I bought a box of 11,000+ random beads at Target for $7.99. I’m sure Walmart or even the Dollar Store would have them even cheaper.
Bowls: To organize beads for the kiddos.
Oven or Toaster Oven: If you plan to use the regular oven, take the kiddos outside since the smell of melting plastic isn’t too pleasant. I just put our Toaster Oven out on the deck and let the freezing temps deplete the odors.
Cupcake Pan, Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters, Cooking Sheet: Your choice. Cupcake pans are perfect for the little ones-they just throw the beads into the holes and there are no worries about random beads melting all over your cookie sheet.
Drill: To drill a hole in the top of the ornament.
String or Ribbon: To hang your finished project.
Let the fun begin! Here’s How:
1. Put beads in little bowls so the kiddos feel like they have lots of options to create a masterpiece. They think they’re really mixing up something fun!
2. If you use cookie cutters and a cookie sheet, place the cookie cutters around on the sheet. Beware that if the cookie cutter gets bumped the beads WILL run all over your pan- this method works much better for bigger kids (4+).
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Let the kids fill the cupcake pan and/or cookie cutters with beads. Patterns would look awesome for big kids, but the sporadic throwing of beads looks great too! 🙂 Make sure the edges of cookie cutters are filled (ie: snowflake ends, Christmas Tree tops, etc).
5. Put in the oven for 20-25min. I did 22min and it worked perfect.
6. Take out of the oven and let cool in their shapes for 2min.
7. Pop out and be amazed :).
8. Drill a hole
9. Tie a bow
10. Hang on the tree.
*These ornaments are SO sturdy! My 22mo. old son has thrown them, stepped on them and yanked them off the tree. They are all still just as beautiful as when we made them.