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Melted Bead Suncatchers

Today we made melted bead suncatchers. I first saw the idea on The Artful Parent a few years ago and I always wanted to try them out!

Now Little N is 2 and a half I figured it would be a lovely little activity to do. She has been a little under the weather with a bad virus the last week so this was something nice and easy to create.

You will need:
Lots of ponybeads
Metal cookie cutters/Non stick containers
Cooling Rack
Drill (optional)
String (optional)
Blue tac (optional)

1. You can use metal cookies cutters or non stick containers to create your suncatchers. Some cookie cutters have a rubbery finish around the edges. I would say these would be unsuitable as the rubber would possibly melt. Fill your containers with pony beads.

Once they are have a good covering of beads on the base, its now time to put them into the oven.

2. Place them in the oven. This part really is trial and error and I would always recommend that you keep a close eye on them. I would strongly advise that you do not heat them in the microwave especially if you use glittered beads. I put them on 200 degrees for around 40 minutes, but I checked them every 10 minutes or so. If you use the cookie cutters make sure they are on a nonstick base.

3. Once all the beads have melted place them on a cooling tray out of the reach of children. I personally found the melted beads to cool pretty quickly.

4. Time to pop them out and display them. You can use blue tac to stick them on your windows like we did. I will be asking my Dad to drill a hole in the tops of them so I can hang them outside in our garden but until then, they look fabulous on the windows!

I hope you enjoyed our suncatchers! If you are planning on making them we would love you to share them with us!

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