Holiday Craft: Fuse Bead Ornaments

One of my favorite things about this time of year is it is filled with so many wonderful traditions.  I love traditions, and we are continuously making new ones in our family.  One of my favorite days of the year is the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday.  And the reason has nothing to do with shopping.  This year, my family spent the entire day together in our pajamas with nowhere we had to go and nothing we had to do – something that doesn’t happen often enough.

When we woke up on Friday morning, the snow was gently falling outside.  We made homemade french toast from the remains of the bread we freshly baked on Thanksgiving.  We listened to Holiday music, gradually took out our Christmas decorations and ornaments, reminiscing of past Christmases with each ornament we took out, and enjoyed the slow pace of our day and time spent together.  When we finally got the tree and decorations up, we made some ornaments for the tree and then we watched some of our favorite Christmas movies. For me, A perfect day! 🙂

My girls decided to take out their fuse beads and try to make ornaments out of them.  Here is what we came up with:

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These were very simple, but fun crafts.  My girls had so much fun making these!  To make the heart ornament shown in the tree, you will need:

Supplies:

  • Cookie cutters – any size or shape will do
  • Fuse beads
  • Parchment paper
  • Popsicle stick

Directions:

  1. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (Do not use waxed paper.  I tried this, and the beads would not release from it after cooking.
  2. Put cookie cutter on parchment paper.  Fill cookie cutter with fuse beads in a single layer.December 2, 2014 030 crop
  3. Once you have filled your cookie cutter with beads, gently remove cookie cutter, being careful not to move any of the beads.December 2, 2014 031 crop
  4. Carefully and slowly place cookie sheet in oven.  Be careful not to disrupt the pattern.
  5. Put in oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.December 2, 2014 027 crop
  6. Remove from oven.  With a popsicle stick, gently push the beads around the edge of your mold back into shape (if necessary.)
  7. Let cool.  Remove from parchment paper.
  8. Tie riboon, string, yarn, etc. of your choice.
  9. Proudly hang in your tree! 🙂December 2, 2014 034 crop

Alternatively, you may choose to leave the cookie cutter on the cookie sheet when you place it in the oven (if you do this, make sure it is an oven-safe metal cookie cutter.)  However, when I tried this, I had a really difficult time removing the beads from the cookie cutter after it cooled.

Happy crafting!! 🙂

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