This little craft is another pinterest find, but it’s easy peasy and not very expensive and even the littlest kid can join in on the fun.
The linked website is in Swedish, I think. And while I’ve seen other explanations on how to make these ornaments the original, Swedish website ends up making the most sense.
We bought our perler beads at Hobby Lobby for $4 a package and I bought three cookie cutters at .75/piece. in retrospect, we could have used our own cookie cutters, but I wasn’t sure if this project would ruin them so the investment in three cookie cutters seemed like a good one.
To begin, you should preheat your oven to 400 degrees (the Pinterest pin says 200, but that’s if your oven operates on Celsius. If you have a Fahrenheit oven, it’s 400 degrees. Or 392 degrees if you want to be super technical). Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper and give your METAL ONLY cookie cutters a generous coating of non-stick cooking spray.
Lay the cookie cutters on your parchment lined cookie sheet and put in one layer of perler beads. The original pin says you can do more layers, but that the thicker ornaments don’t look as nice. You kind of need to move the beads around to fill in most of the holes. It’s not hard at all.
After you’ve put in the most even layer you can, pop the cookie sheet into the oven for 10 minutes to allow the beads to melt.
Remove your ornaments from the oven and allow them to cool in the molds until you can handle them. They should pop out with no problem. In fact, I don’t have any suggestions for if yours don’t just pop out because ours did. We re-sprayed the cookie cutters for each new batch of ornaments.
The girls were very proud of their efforts and proudly hung them on their little trees in their bedrooms.
I should say that the one package of peler beads really should make a nice amount of ornments. We made 10 or so and could have easily made 10 more from the one package. My one warning on this is that these little buggers smoked like crazy. We had to open the windows and take down the smoke detector while they were baking.