Melted Pony Bead Hearts

HEARTS

I just can’t seem to leave these pony beads alone lately!  Since I have had great luck with making my sun catchers and future wind chimes from melting pony beads, I had a thought today and wanted to see if I could melt the beads in a cake pan – – – inside a heart cookie cutter.  I know, if this experiment failed, then I would have to throw out my two heart shaped cookie cutters, but I was feeling lucky and tried it anyways.

MELTING PONY BEADS IN COOKIE CUTTERS

I placed two different sized metal heart shaped cookie cutters inside an old cake pan, then filled both hearts with different colored pony beads.  I made sure that I filled up the hearts with enough beads to fill the cookie cutter from edge to edge.  Then, being a little nervous at trying this, I placed them in the oven at 425 degrees, and watched them closely.  When the beads were completely melted and the tops were completely flat, it was time to remove them.

POPS OUT OF COOKIE CUTTER

I set them out to cool completely.  Now, came the time to see if I could actually remove them from the cookie cutters.  Man, I was nervous, but all worked out in my favor and they popped right out!  Yeah!  I will now get the drill out and drill a small hole near the top of each heart and hang them in our window for Valentine’s Day.  Now, I wish I had a huge heart shaped cake pan to make a large heart sun catcher!  A girl can dream, eh?

HEART FROM MELTED PONY BEADS

So what do you think of these heart shaped melted pony beads?  Are you going to try to make some for yourself?  If you do, I want to see them!

SIGNATURE BOX VALERIE AT NIKITALAND

DIY Spooky Halloween Cork Coasters

 

What a perfect DIY craft project for a rainy day!  We picked up four cork coasters at our local KMart in the plant department for 99 cents each.  These coasters are actually meant to be used under a plant to keep your tables safe from scratches, but we thought they would be better used as a coffee coaster!  These coasters are actually nicer than other cork coasters you will find because they have a nice hard plastic bottom, so check out your local plant department to see if they have any in stock.

First, peel off the store sticker on top of the coasters, and place them on a piece of newspaper or cardboard.  Lightly spray paint the coasters orange.  Let them dry.  If the color is not a deep enough orange color, spray another coat of paint.  Let dry.

While the coasters are drying, you can either draw a 4″ diameter circle or trace the coasters on card stock paper to get the face template ready.  Hand draw pumpkin faces onto the card stock and cut out with an exacto knife.  Then use scissors and cut out the circle template.

Once the orange spray paint has dried, place the pumpkin face template on top of the cork and carefully paint with black paint.  Let dry.  Once the black paint has dried, spray paint the top of all the coasters with a coating of clear coat to seal the paint in so your paint won’t chip.  Total Cost of this project:  $3.96 just for the coasters since I already had the orange spray paint and the black paint.

What a great way to make you smile when you see these spooky faces under your morning coffee cup!  Try making some today for yourself or they would make a great gift too!