A few weeks ago, in a preschool post, I mentioned some great little suncatcher kits from Makit Bakit. I remember making these when I was a kid, and they were so much fun. These come in both boy and girl themes, which makes my art-loving boy very happy.
You fill the sections of a metal suncatcher frame with the beads (I have M pinch them to transfer them to the frame – great fine motor work), then pop the whole thing into the oven for 20 minutes and they melt. The result is a stained-glass-look suncatcher. I think this kind is much, much prettier than the kind you paint.
Each package has more than enough plastic beads for the suncatcher that comes with it. I’d love it if they had just packs of the beads available, but as far as I know, they don’t offer them apart from the suncatcher frames.
You know I can’t throw those extra beads away. :) So we used them with mini cookie cutters to make ornaments.
Line a pan with aluminum foil and place the cookie cutters on it. Then begin filling them up with beads. You want to have a layer that completely covers the foil at the bottom of each cookie cutter, with a small mound in the center that thins out towards the edges:
Pop them into a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
You have to be quick with this next part. As soon as they are out of the oven, they begin to cool off and get hard. To make the hole for ribbon, I used a 1/8” dowel, coated with non-stick spray. Stick it into the area of each ornament where you want the hole to be. The first couple were pretty easy, then as they started to harden, I had to really twist the dowel to get it out. I ended up putting half of the ornaments back into the oven to melt a bit and then made holes in them.
Peel the foil off the back, and pop them out of the cookie cutters.
They turned out pretty cute!
Have a beautiful day! :)