We first made these melted bead sun-catchers a few years ago courtesy of an idea we found on Pinterest.
They have hung proudly around our house and in our windows for years, and I never tire of seeing them hanging around. They add a pop of color and whimsy to otherwise plain windows. We've even given them as gifts to friends and relatives who have them displayed in their windows.
Here's what you'll need:
- Old muffin tins or pie pans (they should not be used for food after this project)
- A tub of pony beads
- A drill with a small drill bit for drilling a hole in the sun catcher for hanging
- Fishing line
Here's what you'll do:
- Separate the pony beads into bowls according to color (it makes them easier to work with)
- Arrange the beads in the muffin tin or pie pan in the pattern you'd like your sun catcher to be.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (Make sure you raise a few windows and if you can, go outside - the smell is bad and I'm sure it is not good for your lungs, but the smell goes away fast with the windows open)
- Allow to cool. You will probably hear a popping noise from the pans. This is the sun catcher cooling off.
- After cooling, they should pop right out of the pan easily.