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Free Pony Bead Project for kids

Just like us adults, kids like to bead and make things with them too.  I thought I’d share a fun project with you.  I’m going to show or tell you, rather, how to make a melted pony bead candy dish.  This would make a lovely keepsake for Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Aunts and Uncles, and Teachers too.

Free Pony Bead Project

The following instructions, are simple and easy for the kids to follow.  Keep in mind, that you’ll be melting plastic, so make sure that you turn on your exhaust fan, and open up a window or door, to be sure to have addequate ventelation.  It is toxic if done in an enclosed area.  So, lets get started!!

Preheat oven to 375

Preheat your oven…..don’t start with a cold oven…it will take longer, and may not allow the beads to stick together well.

Prepare the bowl

Next, we want to prepare the bowl we are going to use as a mold…I used a small stainless steel bowl for mine. Wipe olive oil (or cooking spray) along the bottom and sides of the bowl with a paper towel.

Creating your masterpiece

Place beads in the bowl.
Be sure to cover the bottom and then go up along the sides as far as you wish.
I love the look of a very shallow bowl, but you can easily make it a deeper bowl by adding more beads.
When we used the Biggie beads (the larger size) I made sure they all stood up. But with the regular beads I just let them lay however they fell, which is also a cool look.
Spread the beads out so they are in a single layer, not on top of each other, but close enough that there aren’t any big holes. The beads should be touching each other as much as possible.

Bake and viola!

               

Bake in the middle of the oven for 10-15 minutes. The regular size beads melt quicker than the larger ones – no surprise there.
Watch the beads closely. The bowl is done once all the beads in the bowl have started to melt and attach to each other.
Remove from the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes and then place the entire bowl into a larger bowl full of water.
Gently pop the bead bowl out. It should come out with light prying and poking.
Allow the bowl to cool completely.
Wash the finished bowl in warm water and soap to remove the oil.

They are fun for the kids, and no real mess to clean up…other than washing the bowl afterwords.  I hope you and the kids enjoy this fun and easy melted Pony Bead craft.

Happy Beading everyone!

Shelly

Machele VanVoorhis

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