BBQ Beads Suncatcher Ornaments

Have you ever barbequed beads before? No, not to eat – but for crafty purposes?

I’ve melted plenty of perler beads with my tween and turned them into cute ornaments or bowls or cupcake decorations, but I have never melted plastic pony beads.

BBQ beads mini ornament suncatchers

Yep, I said plastic pony beads. After seeing this inspiration from The Artful Parent, I knew I had to try this crafty experiment. I chose to melt these on the our gas grill outside. I did try melting a small batch initially in the oven, but the smell was so strong.

So I cranked our outdoor gas grill for this project – hence “BBQ Beads”. The results were perfect! And because the grill is outside, there is plenty of fresh air for the melted bead fumes. We are unseasonably warm weather in SoCal, that this is a perfect weekend family craft idea.

 

To make these really pretty melted BBQ bead suncatchers, start with translucent colored plastic pony beads.

I set bowls of different colored beads out and started with tin foil disposable cupcake tins.

We arranged them in various color patterns, making sure there is one full layer of beads at the bottom of each tin.

Then after letting them melt in our outdoor gas grill for about 10 minutes, the colored beads all melted together in one beautifully colored layer.

After letting them cool completely, they popped right out leaving fun colored translucent disks.

BBQ bead ornaments in cupcake tins DIY

The colored beads start out looking like cups of colored beads….

BBQ beads before

…then, onto the grill for a little melting action…

BBQ beads on outdoor grill

… to create really pretty melted designs.

BBQ beads craft idea closeup

BE CAREFUL! The tins will be hot! And if the flame of your grill is too high, the pony beads are flammable and will catch on fire.

The melting of the beads on the grill is definitely for adults only. Have your oven mitts ready and pull them off the grill once melted.

I set them outside to cool off. Just as the heat expanded the beads, as they cooled we could hear the crackling of them shrinking slightly and pulling away from tin base.

BBQ beads craft idea for tweens

After they were cool, we popped them out and turned them into fun suncatcher ornaments.

I used my jewelry hand drill, lightweight colored jewelry wire, and a nail file to complete the melted bead ornaments.

After they popped out, some of the edges were a little rough. I sanded the edges lightly with a nail file.

Then I drilled a small hole at the top with my hand drill. I attached a small length of wire through the hole and wound it together to make a hook.

Then it was just a matter of hanging them from our window coverings so that the sun could shine through them.

Melted BBQ bead ornaments craft idea copy

They look so pretty lined up along the bottom or our shade.

BBQ bead ornament suncatchers

I knew if the smaller cupcake tins works to make these cute ornaments, that a large cake pan would do wonders!

I used the same technique, just with many more beads.

BBQ bead suncatcher in cake tin DIY

I love how it turned out! So beautiful!

I just rested them against my window for a gorgeous suncatcher!

Melted Pony Beads on BBQ Suncatcher Tween Craft Idea

I love how they look in the sunshine and as the sun sets. So pretty!

Homemade suncatcher with melted pony beads

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  7 comments for “BBQ Beads Suncatcher Ornaments

  1. Fran
    January 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! I love these. What a wonderful and easy craft to do this summer with my granddaughter. Right now in Northeast Pa. we are in another “Polar Vortex” situation. LOL.

  2. February 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    What a fun craft! I was actually concerned about doing them indoors and never would do them because of it, that’s a really good idea to do them on the grill!

    • February 18, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Heather! Yes, the grill made it so much easier and no stinking up the house with plastic bead fumes.

  3. Melissa
    March 9, 2014 at 5:54 am

    With large disk, I’d try putting foil over the bottom of a bowl and setting the disk on top. Back in the grill long enough to slump the disk into a bowl.

    • March 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

      ooh, sounds interesting. Let me know how it turns out!

  4. August 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Brilliant idea melting plastic outside on the BBQ This could also work for Shrinky plastic. Definitely pinning this to Kawartha Lakes Mums Crafting Fun Pinterest Board

  5. November 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve seen artist from Mardi Grai do this. The let the beads cool just a bit then place it over a bowl, then they bend it to make lamp shades. You can make the edges wavy also. After it cools the make a hole for the light fixture. I LOVE this. Instead of a lamp shade you can make an actual bowl. Wear gloves to place over a bowl to shape.

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