Melted Bead Suncatchers

7 Ways to Make Melted Pony Bead Suncatchers

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7 of our favorite ways to make melted pony bead suncatchers on the grill (or in the oven). These homemade suncatchers are easy to make, durable & beautiful!

7 Ways to Make Melted Bead Suncatchers

If you’ve been reading The Artful Parent for any length of time, you’ll know that I love suncatcher arts and crafts in general but that my love for melted bead suncatchers borders on an obsession.

We’ve made all kinds of these melted pony bead suncatchers!

  • plain jane suncatchers
  • garlands
  • mobiles
  • shapes
  • toys
  • spirals
  • fairy wands
  • shapes within shapes
  • & holiday suncatchers!

And I have even more ideas that I can’t wait to try!

Translucent Plastic Pony Beads

This post contains affiliate links.These are the supplies you’ll need to make any of these suncatchers:

  • Translucent plastic pony beads, which are widely available in craft stores and online.
  • You’ll also need a metal pan of some sort, whether a cookie sheet (for many of the flat suncatchers), an old muffin tin (for the small round disks), metal cookie cutters (for the fairy wands or shaped ornaments), or a thrift store jelly mold (for the 3D hearts and stars).
  • And you’ll need a way to heat and melt the beads. An oven works, but the ideal is to do this outside on a gas grill (as I do) or possibly a toaster oven as the fumes from the melting plastic are not good to breathe.

You’ll find step-by-step instructions and more tips in the posts that are linked below.

7 Ways to Make Melted Pony Bead Suncatchers on the Grill

If you’re looking for different ways to make suncatchers from plastic pony beads, here our 7 favorites:

Basic Melted Bead Suncatchers

1. Making Melted Bead Suncatchers (Basic info for getting started)

Melted bead suncatchers are easy to make from kids plastic pony beads. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a beautiful and durable suncatcher.

Plus, here’s our latest post on How to Make Rainbow Plastic Bead Suncatchers.

Melted Bead Suncatcher Shapes

2. A Melted Bead Suncatcher Mobile (And how to make shapes)

How to make a colorful melted bead suncatcher mobile from plastic pony beads. This is such a fun craft to do with kids & makes a great decoration or gift!

Free form melted bead suncatcher

3. How to Make Melted Bead Art

Make easy and beautiful melted bead art and free-form suncatchers and mobiles using translucent pony beads, thread or wire, a metal pan, and a grill.

How to Melt Beads to Make Suncatcher Hearts - Holding up a Free Form Heart suncatcher

4. Melt Beads to Make Suncatcher Hearts

You can melt beads to make suncatcher hearts, stars, words, shapes, and more if you string them on thread or wire first. Here’s an easy tutorial and photos.

Melted Beads Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frame

5. Melted Beads Suncatchers in Embroidery Hoop Frames (we’ve made many gifts this way!)

How to make colorful melted beads suncatchers that are wonderful for displaying or gift giving. This is an easy and fast way to make melted bead suncatchers with a simple built-in frame.

Admire Your Melted Pony Beads Fairy Wands

6. How to Make a DIY Fairy Wand with Pony Beads

Learn how to make a dazzling DIY fairy wand from plastic pony beads! These kids’ fairy wands make great gifts, party favors, and pretend play accessories!

3D Plastic Bead Suncatchers

7. 3-D Hearts and Stars

Have you tried making melted pony bead suncatchers yet? What is your favorite idea or technique?

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7 of our favorite ways to make melted pony bead suncatchers on the grill (or in the oven). These homemade suncatchers are easy to make, durable & beautiful! #suncatchers #crafts #craftsforkids #artsandcrafts #bead

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily M.
    June 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks so much for the roundup! I bought pony beads at least a year ago to make some of these, and still (STILL!) have not gotten around to it. This project is top on my to-do list as soon as school gets out in a couple of weeks.

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    Choices for Children
    June 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Thank you for a great tutorial! We enjoyed making these and turned ours into a windchime.
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    Katie Harding
    June 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Now that summer is here and school is out I am always looking for more crafts to do with my kids and these are great! They would make great gifts too, they are so cute and original!

  • Reply
    pat Ombres
    May 28, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I would like to ask a question on melting the beads on the grill for the suncatchers. Can you use the burner side of the grill, and should it be set on high or med.?

  • Reply
    Susan
    April 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Can you use disposable tin tart pans

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