A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Easy DIY Melted Bead Crosses #FCBlogger

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Easy DIY Melted Bead Crosses #FCBlogger

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On these cold winter days (or even warm rainy days), I'm always on the lookout for fun ideas to keep the kids entertained inside. Crafts can be a great way to do so, but to be quite honest- I'm not super talented in the crafting department...so I need our craft projects to be super easy...but still fun and colorful! Today's project is just that- we're making melted bead crosses!

These super simple crafts are easy to do, inexpensive and can add a splash of color to any decor. We decided to go with crosses, but you can really choose whatever shape you like for any occasion!


Pretty, aren't they? And super easy. Let's get started:


Supplies:


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place cookie cutters onto ungreased cookie sheets. 
  3. Fill the cookie cutters with a single layer of beads. Create a fun pattern, use a single color, throw in at random...it's completely up to you! Have your little ones make it their own and have fun with it! Don't worry if they aren't all facing one direction, they'll melt just fine!

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until melted. Bake time may vary by oven. (Hint: Be sure to keep your fan on while beads are baking...or open a window when possible as these can be a bit smelly. I found with the fan going, it wasn't too bad for us, but it may be worse when doing more creations!)
  5. Allow to cool and then pop out your designs.
  6. You're done! Want to have more fun with it? Drill a hole for hanging, add ribbon, create a fun wooden plaque to glue your creation to, use small cookie cutters to create jewelry...get as creative as you want! Or use them as they are to add a little splash of color to your decor!
That's it! Didn't I tell you? Super simple! These crosses are ideal for Sunday school or Easter, but truly you can create fun designs for any and every season! Shamrocks for St Patrick's Day? Eggs for Easter? Flags for the 4th of July? The possibilities are endless!



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13 comments:

  1. I just recently found out that Family Christian sells craft supplies. That's great! I even saw some Melissa & Doug items.

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  2. These really are cute and vibrant and lovely. The colors, simplicity....really beautiful. Love it!

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  3. These are so pretty and seem like they'd be great to do in Sunday School too! Plus they'd be great gifts for kids to give to others. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This is so cool! What a fun craft! Super easy. Thank you for sharing. Looks great!

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  5. This is awesome. We love simple crafts in our homeschool!

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  6. I love this melted craft activity. My kids would love it too. Thank you for the great idea!

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  7. Wow. At first I thought these were Perler beads. How cool would it be to make a glow in the dark cross for kids who are scared of the dark. I know there are glow in the dark pony beads. I don't have little ones and I want to try this now. I'm also thinking Christmas ornaments. :)

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  8. This is so cool! I can't wait to try this for Valentine's Day - super simple yet great results. The kids are going to love it!

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  9. I can't believe how easy these are. I love them. They are so pretty

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  10. Oh, I used to love making these kinds of bead crafts when I was young - can't wait for my little girl to be big enough to do them too.

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  11. This is such a cute idea!! I would make a hole in top to hang them in our windows!! So gorgeous!!

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  12. This looks like a really fun activity to do with my son!

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  13. I love this idea - and I'm amazed at how easy it is to do! This is one craft to do on one of those snowed in days that nobody's going anywhere!

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