Monday, 12 September 2011

Melted Bead Bowls

Inspired by the Chameleon Girls 'CheeryO Bowls' (below) I decided to try my hand at making a bowl from the plastic beads designed for melting! (With an iron generally, though it can't be much different to a nice hot oven)

I researched the different methods some what I they definitely had the best technique to guarantee a perfect bowl.
Following the girls' instructions, I preheated the oven to 200 degrees and got all three ingredients together; An oven proof dish, oil and little plastic beads. My niece calls them 'Hannah Beads..'

I rubbed the inner of the dish with a bit of oil; this makes the beads stick before melting and also help with removal once finished! Painstakingly, I sorted the beads to get colours to match the planned peacock scheme of the new university house living room. During sorting I just dropped them into the oiled dishand pressed so they were one layer, slowly inching them up the sides.

Then I put it in the oven and waited. Impatiently.

When it looked nice and melted I removed it from the oven and left to cool.

Once cold, it slipped neatly out of the metal bowl.


Perfect for keys, jewellery, spare change, most little things actually. I showed my nine year old niece, and then we got a bit carried away...

The cheeky cigar shape one was an experiment to see if I could make a cake stand. Turns out I need more beads but its a possibility. To make the shape, roll grease proof paper around your finger so it is cylindrical, fill with beads and fold up, then bake on a heat on a baking tray. Also use the melting style on a big and small plate. Fix together with the cigar shape (somehow) and you have a melted bead cake stand! Not sure how sturdy it will be though, might need three or four, its just an idea!

Also made 2 individual lasagne dish shapes and a family size lasagne dish shape. Filled with crafty bits ready for moving!

I advise this craft (with kids to justify it maybe) for an unmotivated day, I felt really accomplished and went on to do lots of other things in one day. I'm such a child.

Happy Melting!


  1. That is crazy. I would have never thought of such a thing, but it looks so cool.

  2. Awesome! We have a big bucket of these and my kids would love this!

  3. Exactly how my bowls started; a big bucket of unused beads! The colour sorting is tedious for kids even when making the pictures you iron; hence the mass of colour chucked in the rectangle dishes.

  4. How colorful and clever! Cute project and easy instructions, thanks!

  5. What a great idea. The colours look lovely.

  6. My kids used to to love those beads but I never thought of making a bowl - fab idea!

  7. Another great idea Kayleigh, great fun too.

    Jan x

  8. Something really different. Thanks for including the instructions!

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your project yesterday on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays!" Awesome job, I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

    Here's the Link

    Jamie @


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