Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Melted Plastic

Who knew melting beads could be so fun?

Well if you've been on Pinterest you have probably seen those melted plastic pony bead creations.  Here's the LINK to the one I looked at.  Scroll down the page to see a picture.  I read the comments and decided to try this with the kids.  Seemed like something they could all do.

And I may or may not have stepped on a pony bead and decided then and there that melting the little sucker into oblivion seemed like a good idea!

I chose to use mini disposable heart and star tins.  Each kiddo and my mom and I got a set to fill.  You are supposed to do a single layer of beads.  At least that's my understanding.  We have two gallon plastic bags of these beads....so, no, we didn't use them all up.

Next you just pop them in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  That's it.

The little tins are really thin, so we tore them off of the plastic.  But if you were using a real pie pan or muffin tin they would just pop out.  They didn't stick at all to our tins--just where the foil of the tin got tucked into a melted bead.

Look how pretty the glitter beads turned out...

{And should you be wondering about that matching fingernail polish, it's Turquoise and Caicos by Essie}

And if you hold it up to the light it's very neat.

This really is a fun craft that even little kids can do.

And put a smile on everyone's face.

I am now thinking of all the possibilities.  I would love to do a beach themed Christmas tree this year, and I think using the greens and blues to make ornaments would be so adorable!  Or use some larger ones to help cover the window in the kid's bathroom.  It's a small window at the very top of the room, so I haven't decorated it yet.

I highly recommend this craft.  I didn't even find it that stinky.  It we had our vent hood installed it would have been even less so.  :)

See Ya Later Alligator!

1 comment:

  1. Such a great idea. Wish I had little ones at home to play. Used to do this kind of thing when they were little. I might be able to talk my 25 year old into it. grins
    Thanks for the comment on your paper trimmer.