Sun Catchers and Cake Plate

Here is what I wanted to do originally.  What kid doesn't love melting plastic right?

Many of the crafts I do the girls can't help with but this one was perfect to let them do whatever they chose.  It was great.  Both of them really enjoyed it.  Emmeline was meticulous for the first 4 and the rest were random.  She does the same thing coloring.  She is very careful for the first few minutes and then realizes this will take forever and scribbles the rest.  Isa was a little more patient.

Our beads

They had to get everything organized first.

We traded pans part way though so each girl got to round and heart shapes.  Notice Emmeline's nicely lined up and color matched hearts.

These were her next ones

Then I added this for me.  I don't have cake stand and I really want one.

I opted to go totally random to get a kind of confetti look.  I figured we would use it mostly for birthdays. I used a dollar store pizza pan for the mold.

 After you lay them out however you like then you bake them at 400 degrees for 25-35 minutes.  

Just let them cool completely in the pans.  You might hear some popping and cracking noises but it's all fine.  They wont break.  Also, you don't need to grease the pans or anything.  Once they cool they slide right out.

Cake plate glued on base.  I used a candle holder I liked form the .99 store.

Side note.  If you want to do the sun catchers make sure you use the translucent beads so the sun can shine through.  We got some small regular beads for more detailed things that weren't doing to be hung in the window.

I got the beads over time using 50% off coupons at Michael's.  They have the best price I could find on the translucent pony beads. $5.99 for a pound but then only $2.99 with coupon.  We bought 3 kinds but didn't use even half.  I'll say $9.00 for beads though since I had to buy that much. $1 or the pizza pan and $1 for the candle holder. Totaling $11.  Well, $12 if you count the super glue.  Super fun kids craft.

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