The Easter holiday has been and gone and we managed to do some wonderful things during the time off from school, with the sun slowly growing warmer and brighter every day I thought it would be a wonderful idea to get the pony beads out and make some sun-catchers for our windows which if you sit in my living room face the sun all day so are perfect. DIY suncatchers are the way to go to help create beautiful and colorful rainbows
W H A T Y O U N E E D
Assortment of plastic beads/pony beads, we got ours from ebay
Baking tray, we used a small muffin tin
One Oven (obviously)
H O W T O D O I T
It is honestly really simple and easy way of making beautiful window decorations, place the pony beads into your muffin tins, you can go big or go small its all up to you, preheat your oven to about 200 degrees C (400 degrees or Gas Mark 6 and pop them into the oven once you’ve found a pattern you like, I asked Kai to help me out here and he just chucked them in to make any old pattern, I know its not good to heat plastic inside an oven in a home but as long as you make sure to keep windows open while doing so everything will be fine, there will be of course a plastic melty smell but that’s completely normal, check on them once in a way but all in all give them 20-25 minutes to melt down and stick together.
Once that is done take them out, do not remove them from the muffin tray right away because it will still be soft and as we all know, melted plastic is hot! leave them to cool down inside the muffin tray and they will pop out fine on their own without any need of non stick spray.
Now its time to assemble and hang up, we used my trusty glue gun for this job because I couldn’t find my drill anywhere but you can drill a hole in the top and bottom of the circles but I think they look okay with the glue gun..
and hang them up anywhere there is some sun, sit back and enjoy, a wonderful and simple craft that everyone can do and enjoy!
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