I’ve got a super fun kids craft for you today – Melted Bead Ornaments! If you’re like us, you have a ton of those pony beads sitting around – we do beading with them, and pony bead animals, but have you ever thought to melt them?? It’s a fun and easy craft project, and now my kiddos want to make a million more! This post may contain Amazon affiliate links.
I can’t believe this was the first time we’ve tried melting beads – it was way fun!
Melted Bead Ornaments
—cordless drill and drill bit (to make holes for hanging)
—twine or ornament hooks
So basically all you do is arrange your beads in your muffin pan. A few tips:
–single layer works best
–it doesn’t matter if they’re on their side or not
–make sure the muffin cup bottom is filled completely
Note below where we tried to make a candy cane and Christmas tree:
Bake at 400* for 20-25 minutes, or until the beads are melted. Let cool completely! Then pop out your ornaments, voila!!
Using a Silicone Baking Sheet
This baking sheet is my secret tool for to make this project super easy! It is hard to get the melted beads out of a regular muffin pan – you need to be able to flex it to get them out and not leave them stuck in the bottom.
–I used a Demarle Muffin pan – it is amazing, but definitely on the pricey side of things. And a perforated baking sheet.
–There are other more affordable options for silicone muffin pans. I found like this awesome set of 2, that way you can make different sizes of ornaments.
Melted Pony Bead Ornament Results
We tried some random ornaments, and then some with carefully placed beads – I really like how the candy cane turned out!
To get holes in the ornaments, you can just drill through them with a regular drill, it’ll drill through the hard plastic with no problem. Enjoy making a million!
They turned out so great! You could even put some vinyl decals on them for a personal touch.
Kid’s Christmas Craft Ideas
If you love Kid’s Christmas Crafts, you’ll also want to check out:
—Christmas Cactus Coloring Pillow
—Simple Christmas Tree Ornament
Chelsea @ Life With My Littles says
These are so cute! And I love that you can do them in whatever themed colors you want!
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Zar Santos says
This is so creative! I can just imagine how my niece would react to making these. They’re also perfect for giveaways to the neighborhood kids. Thanks for sharing how it’s done 🙂 Love lots, xoxo
I have had mine in the toaster oven for 20 minutes at 450 and they have still not melted. What am I doing wrong?
Mandy Beyeler says
hmmm, I’m not sure, I haven’t used a toaster oven with it before but I would think that it should still melt them?
I have void mine in a toaster oven at 450 for 30 minutes and they still haven’t melted. What am I doing wrong?
Joyce Kesselring says
Does this make your oven smell? Does the smell go away? I am dying to make these with my granddaughter but my stove is new and don’t want everything smelling like plastic. Thank you!
I dont have a silicone muffin pan. can I place the beads into paper cups and the paper cups into my metal muffin pan (like cupcakes) so that way I can peel the papers out of the melted pieces?
We just did this craft and used the little square beads with letters on them and the letters remained! It was cool!