Pizza Pan Patriotic Platter

Oops, I did it again!  I pulled out my Pony Beads today and created a Pizza Pan Patriotic Platter.  With the Fourth of July coming up, I decided that I needed a platter to show off my goodies, like my Patriotic Strawberries, or perhaps some garnishes.

PIZZA PAN PATRIOTIC PLATTER

Just like my other Pony Bead projects, I just poured the beads onto the pizza pan and used red, white and blue beads, just perfect for the Fourth of July.  Make sure you fill up all the holes on the pan and all of the edges have a bead touching it.

PIZZA PAN PATRIOTIC PLATTER MELTING IN OVEN

Once the pizza pan is completed filled (one layer of beads only), place in a pre-heated oven at 425 degrees.  Watch the beads closely, as they will melt quickly.  Keep a fan on or open a few windows to let out the light smell from the melting beads.  (Note:  You can also melt them on your grill outside, just make sure to leave the lid open so as nothing accidentally drops into the plastic while it is melting)

PIZZA PAN PATRIOTIC PLATTER COOLING

You will start to see the beads starting to melt in the pan.  The way you can tell that your project is completely melted, is when the top is completely flat and smooth.  If you still see some bead “bumps”, then it needs to stay in the oven a little longer.  Carefully remove from the oven once the top is completely flat & smooth.  Place gently on top of stove to cool.  You might hear a slight cracking sound, but that is just the plastic cooling, so do not worry.

Once the pan is completely cooled, just turn the pizza pan upside down and the platter will pop out.  Easy, right?

PIZZA PAN PATRIOTIC PLATTER MADE BY MELTING PONY BEADS

Now all you need to do is take your Glass Candlestick that you got at the Dollar Store for $1 and hot glue it to the direct center on the bottom of the platter.  You’re done!  You have now created a Patriotic Platter that everyone will wonder where you got it….only you will know that you made it! (NOTE:  I would not suggest using any sharp knife on the platter as it will most likely scratch the plastic)

GLUE GLASS CANDLESTICK TO PLATTER

Since I had some red, white and blue Pony Beads left over, I decided to make a Patriotic Star out of a metal cookie cutter.  I just placed the metal cookie cutter in a round cake pan, filled the metal star up with Pony Beads and melted it in the oven.  Once it has cooled, just slightly pull on the sides of the metal cookie cutter to release the star and it will pop right out.  I will probably drill a small hole in the top of this star and hang in my kitchen window for a little Patriotic charm!

PONY BEAD STAR

PONY BEAD STAR MELTING

PONY BEAD STAR COOLING

PONY BEAD STAR POPPED OUT OF COOKIE CUTTER

So there you have it, a Pizza Pan Patriotic Platter and a Patriotic Star all made within a few minutes of an afternoon!  What a great craft project to share with your kids, or make one for yourself!

If you missed some of my other Pony Beads crafts, you can find them below:  

Pizza Pan Suncatcher
Pony Bead Hearts

A Pizza Pan Is Just Not For Pizza Anymore

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Everyone loves a good craft idea, and today seemed like a good day to craft up a good one so I pulled out my vast supply of different colored pony beads and got to work!  I grabbed my older pizza pan and started pouring different colored pony beads into the pan.  I made sure that I added lots of clear ones to give a nice see through look once it is completed.  I made sure that I poured enough pony beads onto the pizza pan to cover the entire pan and the beads were close and touching each other.  Once I had enough beads in the pan, it was time to melt them!

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Set your oven to 425 degrees and get it nice and hot.  Once your oven has heated up nicely, carefully place your pizza pan in the oven.  Now the waiting begins.  Since I have already done this type of craft project last year, I used our gas grill to cut down on any of the stinky smell from the beads melting, but today, I just opened up the windows and turned on the ceiling fan to rid any odor.  Just so you know, the melting beads did not create much smell in the house, but since we are having a nice warm day for a change, having the windows open for fresh air was nice.

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Watch your beads now closely.  You will see the beads starting to melt after a few minutes in the oven, as they will get glossy looking.

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Keep watching them as they melt into each other and form a nice flat edge around the pan.  You will know when they are done & ready to remove from the oven when you cannot see any “bumps” or “hills” on the top of the melted beads.  If you see little bumps, they need a few more minutes in the oven.

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Once the top of your beads is flat, remove from the oven.  Set pizza pan on top of the stove to cool.  In a few minutes, you will hear the strangest cracking noise, but don’t fret, as this is just the plastic cooling and it is nothing to worry about.  (it scared me the first time I heard it too, and even the dogs ran and hid)

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After a few minutes of cooling, carefully touch the pizza pan to see if it has completely cooled.  If it is still warm to the touch, let it sit longer to cool completely.  Do not remove your item from the pan until it has completely cool or it could lose its shape.  Once completely cooled, you can now turn the pizza pan upside down and your melted beads will now pop right out of the pan!

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I made this item today so I can get ready for Spring!  I will turn this into a sun catcher and add some wind chimes to the bottom.  What a beautiful piece it will be when the sun shines through it.  This item that I made can be drilled too!  I will use a drill for a hole at the top, and for the small holes to hang the wind chimes on too!

Also, while I was looking at the finished product on my table, I also thought that this would make a neat cupcake platter too!  I would probably want a little stand on it, so I could head on over to the Dollar Store and purchase a glass short candle holder for $1 and glue it to the underneath center of the melted beads platter.  Whala, instant cupcake stand!

If you have any pony beads just laying around – I encourage you to pull them out the get crafty!  I will never think of my pizza pan the same again, as I found out that it is just not for pizza any more!