Pony Beads have been a lifesaver this summer. When the girls get bored they can design something with pony beads. First they made bowls. The sun catchers are my favorite though.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the baking pan or oven safe dish that you wish to use with foil. Place beads in the design that you choose. You can try to leave a hole for the string but some of them still melted together. For those I used a small screwdriver to poke a hole. Bake for 20 minutes. (the smell is strong so turn on your vent-a-hood, open your windows and doors, etc…) After it cools, remove it from the pan and use string to hang.I forgot to take pictures of the entire process but if you want to see the before, during and after of the bowls you can see that here.
Megan made one shaped like a purse.
and one in Johnny’s favorite colors.
The crazy bird that I’ve told you about before didn’t care for me hanging sun catchers in his tree and kept dive bombing me. But his trees look so fancy now.
Our first craft of the summer…..Pony Bead Bowls. Somehow we always seem to accumulate these beads from various craft kits. I still had to go buy more though of course. I found a bag of assorted colors at Michaels in the kids craft section. You can also buy the colors individually but the assorted one was great because it added some time to their project.
They spent at least an hour sorting beads. (which means at least 5 less “Mommy, I’m bored”‘s that I had to hear for the day. The picture above is Megan’s finished project. This was Taylor’s pattern. She used orange, red and clear. She gave hers to her grandmother before I had a chance to get a picture of hers. I thought for sure one of them one make a leopard print one for me but no such luck.
Line the baking pan or oven safe dish that you wish to use with foil. Place beads in the design that you choose.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. (the smell is strong so turn on your vent-a-hood, open your windows and doors, etc…)
After it cools, remove it from the pan. Take an oven safe bowl and cover it with foil. Turn the bowl upside down and place the bead plate on top of it in the oven at 400 degrees for 2-3 minutes until it melts down. You can get different shapes depending on the size and height of the bowl you use. Now they are working on sun catchers….!