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In this project tutorial, you will learn how to make sun catchers and wind chimes. These projects are fast, easy, and create very little to no mess – all of which make them a favorite for the adults. For the kids, it is all about the fun they will have creating their special designs and spending time with you.
This project also makes great Christmas tree ornaments and package ties. The lights on the tree provide a beautiful glistening effect, while the vibrant colors of the disks give a homemade and heartfelt appearance to any gift. Consider
Supplies and Equipment
Round metal cake pan <OR> Muffin pan <OR> Shaped metal pans
Ribbon or String – fishing line works best for wind chimes
Stick, old cookie or biscuit cutter, etc. – for making wind chimes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place beads in a pan of your choice. Make sure beads are laid out in a single level with holes in beads facing upward. Try to fill all the space while keeping the beads flat.
Place the pan in the oven and bake approximately 30 minutes. The size of the pan will cause baking times to vary. The beads should be melted together to create a stained glass effect. Once completely melted, remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely.
Once cool, flip colored disks out. They should come out easily; however, you may have to lightly tap the bottom of the pan for them to release.
To make a wind chime, use fishing line to create various lengths of disks. Tie to a painted stick, biscuit cutter, etc.
NOTE: There will be some smell from this project. The smell doesn’t seem to be too bad and doesn’t linger too long. However, it is highly recommended that you turn on the stove vent if you have one. If not, open a window.
What other ideas can you imagine or create with this project? We’d love to see your pictures!