How to Make Melted Bead Suncatchers

by Rachel Baker on May 23, 2014

I love this idea. Over the years, we have accumulated a ton of beads for one project or another. And, I always wondered, what do you do with left over beads?

Since the sun is now rising and setting at exactly the right angles for my windows, I thought maybe I’d try this and see how they turn out.

The melted bead suncatchers were surprisingly easy to create yet are very durable. Unlike most suncatchers and stained glass projects we make out of paper or contact paper, these melted bead suncatchers will last and last and will also withstand the elements for outdoor use.

We started with cheap, translucent pony beads. I bought ours at our local A.C. Moore, but they are available on Discount School Supply as well.

Maia and I each arranged the pony beads into a single layer in metal baking dishes. She started with a cake pan but was soon daunted by the size and switched to the smaller muffin tin sections.

By the way, I was skeptical about melting the plastic beads in my baking dishes. I half thought that they would never come out and I’d be stuck with ruined pans, but that wasn’t the case. As soon as a bead suncatcher was cool, it popped right out and didn’t leave any visible residue at all!

How to Make Melted Bead Suncatchers

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