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December 11 2016 @ 06:00 am
11th Day of Christmas: Fun Holiday Ornaments  
11th Day of Christmas
A very easy and fun way to get kids making ornaments is melting beads. They are actually fun for the whole family.

A lot of my young cousins have these buckets of beads you make designs with and then put parchment over before using an iron to melt them together. Very fun. You can also melt them and pony beads in the oven.

Melting Beads and/or Pony Beads
Cookie cutters (metal)
Cookie Sheet
Oven (toaster ovens work too)

So here is the idea. You can use some metal cookie cutters and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. [OOPS Spray them with cooking spray to prevent sticking!] Then you fill them with colored beads with no pattern at all or you can get creative like above (over below).

You then put them in the oven on 400F for about 10 minutes and you have loved bead ornaments which kids can hang on the tree or give away.

But then there are the pony beads which I like more and more. You can just place them on the parchment coved cookie sheet and bake them. I love how the opaque ones came out.

These are by far my favorites but you can do them as you like and it is a really fun thing to do with kids which doesn't make a horrible mess though I'd watch out where those beads go. To hang tjese ones you'll need some string or fishing line but for the others you can probably string through an opened bead.

Days Til Christmas: 14
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supernutjapansupernutjapan on December 12th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
cool! My daughter has aquabeads - same idea but they stick together when you pour water over them. I think she could do the same thing with those as well :D
Jill aka Jo: Hug: Oliver and Felicity Arrowsireesanwar on December 13th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
That would work really well. How neat.
Angelserenitysangel on December 12th, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
Seriously neat idea!
Jill aka Jo: Stock: be an owlsireesanwar on December 13th, 2016 08:11 pm (UTC)
I thought so. I just had to try it. I'm really excited by very simple craft ideas. I saw one for making a Christmas sign but I'm still trying to get the materials because our craft store was out. So frustrating.

But it is great that every kid I know has these melt beads. LOL
Angelserenitysangel on December 17th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'd not heard about melt beads until I read this post. May have to seriously look into getting some as such a fun and easy idea.
Jill aka Jo: Happy: Calvin Smilesireesanwar on December 19th, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
ALL of my cousins children have them. I remember having them. You could make all kinds of designs and then iron some parchment over them to make them stay in the shape you made. It was fun. Sometimes they come with guides so you don't need cookie cutters. I mean the cookie cutter is really the idea because I never thought of it until I saw it online.
Angelserenitysangel on December 23rd, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
I can get them on Amazon! I will bookmark and seriously try and give these a go. I say try. Each year I promise myself I'll do some crafting for Christmas. Like make cards, handmade crackers (not the kind you eat, the kind you pull), and other things for gifts and then I run out of time. This would make a great idea for using to add to Christmas gifts instead of a gift tag, you give a gift ornament that folks can then keep as a decoration for their tree.

Cookie cutter idea is genius as that saves finding guides etc. Simple and easy.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Murtagh Common Sensesireesanwar on December 28th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just learned about Christmas Crackers when I read a book called that. I had no idea that is what they were called. Go figure.

It is true. I love making simple things people will enjoy.
Angelserenitysangel on January 13th, 2017 10:24 pm (UTC)
Until a little while ago, it never occurred to me that other countries didn't know what Crackers were. That it's very much traditionally British.

Kaylee Winchesterroguem on December 13th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Really like this idea. Is there any trouble getting them out of the mold afterwards?
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Blue Jamie sword drawnsireesanwar on December 13th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for asking that because I forgot one step which I added up there. You should spray the cookie cutters with a non-stick cooking spray just to prevent sticking. They come out pretty easily though sometimes they may need a tiny bit of effort.
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on December 21st, 2016 01:02 pm (UTC)