I'm excited to be taking part in a new type of challenge this year, one that is hopefully going to get me using my creative brain to create some new crafts, or updated crafts, and help clear out my stash of craft supplies! I've joined A Pop Of Red and six other bloggers to do a year long stash busting craft challenge. The plan is to create something new each month with the supplies we already have in our craft stash.
Over the years I have accumulated a lot of random craft supplies. From half started projects, to left overs from kids crafts, guide crafts or other craft ideas there is a lot of stuff to use up!
The January Project
For January I've taken on making sun catchers using pony beads. We've probably all seen the cool Pinterest pins showing super colourful sun catchers and possibly you've wondered how easy is that really? Well I have the answer!
This craft is pretty easy BUT I highly recommend you do not do this inside your house. I used a toaster oven in our garage (put there specifically for crafting, not put there to make toast while working in the garage....although that would be pretty awesome). The fumes from the melting plastic are quite strong and they stayed for quite a while. I am so glad I didn't use my kitchen for this craft.
Here's what you need:
- Cookie Cutters
- Pony Beads
- Baking sheet and tinfoil (you could also use a disposable pie plate)
Here's What You Do
- Line your baking pan with the tin foil. If you are using a disposable pie plate you don't need to line that was more foil.
- Decide on your shape, place the cookie cutter on the foil lined tray
- To add a hanger for your sun catcher, slide a paper clip under the top edge of your cookie cutter
- Add your beads into the cookie cutter. The beads will spread out as they melt so you don't have to worry about jamming the beads in. I also found that it doesn't matter if you lie the beads flat or if they "stand up" they melt the same no matter how they end up in the cookie cutter
- Bake/melt in your 400F oven for about 7minutes
- Take the tray out of the oven and let it cool. I found that about five minutes was enough time to have the ssun catcher cool enough to pop out of the cookie cutter, if you wait too long the plastic will stuck to the side of the cookie cutter and could break as you try and pop it out of the cutter.
Check out this great clip from Izzy all about creating the sun catchers.
Looking for some more fun craft projects to help you use up stuff stashed in your craft cabinet? Here are the other blogs taking part. I think I am the least craft blog focused person in the group!