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Pony Beads Suncatcher Craft

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Keep the kids busy melting pony beads to create colorful and fun suncatchers! This is an inexpensive and fun craft that kids of all ages will enjoy creating.

Pony beads  suncatcher from growingupgabel.com @thegabels #crafts

 

Last week we were studying the letter “S” and “s is for sun” as part of our homeschool lessons. We were getting a little bored with just worksheets so I went on a search for a sun themed craft.  I thought about making a sun with hand prints – you know I love Christmas tree  or reindeer handprints, but I wanted a non-messy craft.  I found a cute idea to melt pony beads in to suncatchers on Pinterest. I adapted the craft to make smaller, star shaped sun catchers so that we could make them in the toaster oven.

Pony Bead Suncatchers

 

First, you have to use a metal baking dish.  Glass will not work.  I have these small foil star shaped baking cups that I bought at a dollar store years ago. They worked great!

Pony beads Suncatcher

These are our pony beads that we already had on hand. They are the three pointed ones and they worked just fine!

Pony Beads Suncatcher

Lay the pony beads in a single layer on to the bottom of your baking dish. I tried to coordinate the colors and patterns, but that didn't go over well. I try hard not to micro-manage crafts the kids are doing so I let them figure out what they wanted to do.

Then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pony Bead Suncatcher

 

Ok, well, not exactly the nice crisp star I was looking for.  It was hard to get the beads in to the nooks of the star so a simple round shape would probably work better.  This was super fast, easy and NOT MESSY! Plus you get a craft that you can actually keep around for a while or give away. These would make great Mother's Day gifts!

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15 Comments
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    January 30, 2015

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  • Debra
    September 27, 2012

    Good project for kids.

  • stefanie
    September 14, 2012

    Love this! This looks like something I would even be able to make on my own!!

  • Christie Moeller
    September 14, 2012

    My niece loves suncatchers! So much fun!

  • Melly
    September 13, 2012

    Such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing & I’ll have to let my lil ones try this on a rainy day.

  • Lala
    September 13, 2012

    My kids would love That. Might even be cute for making Christmas ornaments as gifts. Love it!

  • Abigail Peterson
    September 12, 2012

    Such a cute and simple idea! I love crafts like these. Pinned to Pinterest as well!

  • Katie - Las Vegas Photographer
    September 12, 2012

    Defiantly added to my list of things to create with my girls – thanks for sharing!

  • Brandie (
    September 11, 2012

    How awesome! I had no idea you could melt pony beads! You come up with such great ideas, Camille.

    • Camille
      September 11, 2012

      Aren’t we all so much more creative now thanks to Pinterest?! 🙂

  • Rebecca Smith
    September 10, 2012

    Thanks for linking to the Pinterest Challenge!

  • Ronni Keller
    September 10, 2012

    That’s such a cute idea!! I kind of remember something similar to that when I was a kid… shrink something or another…??
    Glad to see they still have that type of craft, we can do those here!

  • Wendys Hat
    September 10, 2012

    What a cute and fun project! I made things like this with my children when they were young and because of that, they still like to be creative.

  • Abby
    September 10, 2012

    Pretty! Those types of crafts were always my favorite as a kid. And now I know why my mom liked them, too — no messy paint!

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