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If your family is anything like ours, holidays and birthday lists are filled with wishes for the latest trendy product. Even when we have decided not to indulge in the latest crafty doohickey, inevitably the kids end up with it as a gift from someone else. Our playroom shelves are filled with kits for making lip gloss, painting ceramics, creating jewelry of all kinds as well as bands and beads for crafting.

On occasion, the girls will sit down and create some kind of friendship bracelet or necklace or even some random craft. Unfortunately, at the rate we’re going, we will have enough stuff to make high school graduation gifts for all their friends.

Case in point, beads. The girls have been using the flat squares provided with the kit to make all kinds of pixel art. Some are very creative but all have been confined to the square starter base. Until Miss M needed to create five items for class economics and we discovered a cool use for a few handfuls of those beads!

Repurpose some of those extra beads by creating a bead bowl! - SahmReviews.com

How to Create a Bead Bowl

Heat safe bowl
Cooking spray
Cookie sheet
Beads, beads and more beads
You don't need much to repurpose those leftover melty beads into a cool bowl. - SahmReviews.com

1) Find a heat-safe bowl. We had some old Pyrex dishes that were the perfect size for a decorative bowl.
2) Spray the inside of the bowl with cooking spray. This helps with removal of the bowl after the beads melt.
3) Place the bowl on the cookie sheet.
4) Line the bowl with beads.

A single layer of beads is all it takes to create a cool bowl. - SahmReviews.com

5) Flatten the beads into a single layer as close to each other as possible. Doubling them up will require you to adjust the cooking time and I didn’t want to take a chance of burning any of them by cooking too long. The direction of the beads doesn’t matter.

Create a cool melty bead bowl very easily at home! - SahmReviews.com

6) Add additional beads to the sides to get them as high as you can up the edges. They slump a little when they melt. For subsequent bowls, we’ll make sure we make the edges much higher.
7) Turn the oven to 375.

Creating a bead bowl is very easy and repurposes those unused melty beads! - SahmReviews.com
8) Place the cookie sheet with bowl in the oven immediately. It will allow the beads to slowly get to temperature.
9) Check the bowl every 5 minutes until they have melted together. Ours took about 15 minutes – slightly longer than the oven took to get to temperature.
10) Remove the cookie sheet and allow the bowl to cool. You’ll see some gaps from where the beads melted in different directions but it’s fine.

Carefully remove the bead bowl from the baking dish. - SahmReviews.com
11) Use a knife to help release the bead bowl from the dish.

Create a cool bead bowl using unwanted melty beads. Super easy kid-friendly craft! - SahmReviews.com
12) Allow to cool completely then wash in soapy water to remove the residual cooking spray.
13) Admire your cool new bowl (and relish the fact that there are less unused supplies in the cabinet!)

This is a great activity for kids and it will spur their imagination on color variations and different shapes to try to create.

Have you created something like this?

34 thoughts on “DIY: How to Create a Bead Bowl

  1. That looks like a fun project using Pearler beads in a different way. I wonder if you could also put a glass dish inside the other dish to sandwich the beads between the two, then both sides would be smoother and the sides could be even taller.

  2. I wish I would have seen this post before I cleaned out my craft supplies. I think I got rid of some black and orange bead that would have made a great Halloween bowl.

  3. What a great way to re use those beads. New the bowl can be used as the base for a gift-fill it up with chap stick, nail polish, ind wrapped candies etc and give to a friend (wrap it all up in colored cellophane). You could even use it on a desk to hold rubber bands, paper clips or whatever.

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