I’d seen adorable perler beads turned Christmas ornaments on Pinterest. The problem is that the post is not in English and even translated, it doesn’t make much sense. So, I decided to take on the challenge to figure out exactly how to make these little bits of cuteness so we can all have them on our trees.
First you need to gather your supplies for the project:
- Baking sheet
- Metal cookie cutters
- Perler beads
- Parchment Paper
- Pam (cooking spray)
- Tweezers (if you want some order to your decoration)
- A poker to make a hole in your ornament, so you can string it.
- String or ribbon
- Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Set out your cookie cutters.
- Spray the cookie cutters with Pam. This helps the ornaments slide out at the end of baking.
- Add the perler beads to your cookie cutters. You can arrange them in a single layer for a flatter more see through end product or you can just dump the beads in a couple of layers thick for a more solid and raised look. The older girls (5 yrs) loved sorting colors and arranging their beads. My 3 year old chose to dump loads of colorful beads into hers with not a care as to what color made it in.
- When all the cookie cutters are filled, remove any stray beads and gently place the tray in the oven for about 10 minutes. This will melt them quite sufficiently. If you’d prefer the beads to keep their shape a bit, lessen the cooking time.
- As soon as you can touch the hot little cookie cutters, pop out your new ornaments and if there is no natural hole at the top, punch one through with a tool. I used a kabob skewer.
- Have the kids choose the string/ribbon they want for their ornament and tie a nice loop.
- Lastly, have the proud kiddos place the ornaments on their favorite viewing spot on the tree.
Happy ornament making! What’s your favorite homemade ornament activity? As always thanks for reading.