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Melted Bead Suncatchers

The kids saw this when it was finished and said ‘WOW!!’

…I saw how to make melted bead suncatchers over on artfulparent.com. We’re absolutely awash with ‘those’ plastic beads, so we decided to give it a go AND you can even make these on the BBQ once you’ve finished cooking (or in the oven)!

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It couldn’t be easier:


Get yourself a metal cake tin or muffin tray and lay a single layer of translucent beads across the bottom.  Obviously the more ‘muffins’ you fill, the more melted bead suncatchers you’ll have…


Gorgeous suncatchers you can make on the BBQ or in the oven!
Plastic beads in a muffin tray or pie dish – anything metal. It doesn’t stick and comes out easily!


Pop it on top of the BBQ grill (or in the oven at 180 degrees) and wait for the beads to melt – it obviously depends on how hot your fire is as to how long it will take. Just keep an eye but it could be 10-20 minutes (or 20-30 mins in the oven).  You can always turn the oven up to speed things along but I found it too melted plastic stinky!


Now you if they don’t have any holes in when they come out of the oven, you can either make one by twisting the end of a match around in one place, or wait for the discs to cool, pop them out of their tin(s) and drill a hole using an electric drill.


Very cool funky Melted Bead Suncatchers!
Very Cool Funky Sensory Melted Bead Suncatchers!


The kids love fiddling with the discs just as they are as they’re kind of bendy and sensory, but you could hang them in the window on cotton thread, or make a mobile out of them for younger kids.


Gorgeous Colourful Tower of Suncatchers!
Gorgeous Colourful Tower of Suncatchers!

And then we made a huge one…

Enormo Melted Bead Suncatcher
Enormo Melted Bead Suncatcher


Best BBQ fun eh?

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  • al ferguson
    June 15, 2015 AT 8:56 AM

    Another great idea. Thanks for sharing it #bigfatlinky

  • Mamavsteacher
    June 9, 2015 AT 8:31 PM

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to see if you have something to link up to next week’s “Summer” theme for #imagination matters

    • International Elf Service
      June 9, 2015 AT 11:18 PM

      I’m out of sync with your themes!

  • Nicola B
    June 7, 2015 AT 10:04 PM

    These look fantastic! Great idea. Might it work for place mats and coasters? Wonder if Aquabeads would work? #BigFatLinky

    • International Elf Service
      June 8, 2015 AT 8:51 AM

      Oh now that’s a great idea! They’d make great presents for grandparents too I think. I haven’t tried it with aquabeads – let me know if you do and what happens!

  • Hannah Atkinson
    June 6, 2015 AT 10:40 AM

    I love these. My little boy is only 3 so we don’t have any of the beads in the house yet but this will prompt me to buy some. Great post #bigfatlinky

    • International Elf Service
      June 6, 2015 AT 11:25 AM

      Oh yes definitely get some 🙂 They’re actually designed to make pictures out of and you iron them to melt them together (see instructions obvs!). He’ll love them.

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