A few months ago our content was featured on the Parade.com website! With the winter months rolling in soon, we thought it would be a good time to reintroduce the craft directly here on SahmReviews.com.
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!
How to Create a Bead Bowl
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?