Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Baked Bead Sun Catchers

This project absolutely AWESOME!!! It was once again easy, fun, and quick!!! It turned out 10000 times better than I could have expected, so I know these will make it into our regular rotation of rainy day activities.
This was my trial run, so I only made two, but I'm DEFINITELY making more really soon!!!
What you'll need:
  • Beads
  • Non Stick cookware (I used spring form pans and a glass dish because that was the only thing I had that was the size I wanted)
Based on the "what you'll need" list, this is UBER easy!! Basically I can break this down in a couple steps and you'll be on your way!
Pour some beads in a single/flat layer in the bottom of your cookware. In this step you can use whatever color your little heart desires...I found a large bag of multi colored beads at Michael's for like 6 bucks, then I sorted them out by color to just get the individual colors I wanted.

Once you get them the way you want, bake in a 400 degree oven for 20ish minutes. This may take a little longer, based on how hot your oven cooks. I just kept checking them often to make sure they were melting. I got a bit of smoke when I checked which is normal so don't freak out!
Our Result!! :)
Now after you get them out of the oven they will be hot, so let them sit for about 10/20 minutes to cool, as this will let them pop right out of your pan. (make sure its NON STICK or use spray if you're using a glass dish)
After cooling, I used a little ribbon and hung them in our kitchen window to catch all the beautiful sun beaming through! (you can just leave an open hole before baking to create an opening for ribbon/wire/string for hanging) You could also hang it on the porch as an outdoor sun catcher too!
Happy Crafting 


  1. I am totally playing with this idea in my head for a Christmas decoration. People probably already do this, but I haven't seen it yet. You've given me inspiration! Thank you :)

    1. This is definitely something you can customize to whatever you want! This would make the perfect Christmas ornament or decoration!

  2. LOVE this idea - can't wait to try it out with my daughter!

  3. I have done this before and I have also made bowls out of beads. Once you have a suncatcher you can form aluminum foil over a can and put it back in the oven. The "suncatcher" will slowly take the shape of the foil. I didn't really time how long it took to make a bowl I just kept an eye on it.

    1. What a good idea! I think I may try that!

  4. I have made these before, and now I make them with cookie cutters, I have flowers and hearts, and you could do just about any holiday with a cookie cutter. I use the tray from my toaster oven to place the cookie cutters on.

  5. You should be very careful 'baking' these as they release toxic fumes.