I got my inspiration from www.crafter.org. I took it one step further and made windchimes with our suncatchers. This is a super easy project if you can tolerate the funky smell coming from your oven. lol. It's a bit weird but, it's over quickly and I sprayed some air freshener afterwards and all was good. I would suggest putting them in the oven and spending some time outdoors while they are in the oven, just remember to take your kitchen timer with you!!!
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A bunch of translucent colored pony beads
Cupcake and mini cupcake pans
1. Have your little ones start placing the beads in the bottom of the pans. You want only a thin layer so one bead high is good. (For the windchime that we made, we needed 6 big cupcake discs and 18 little cupcake discs.)
|I made a ring using 2 cans for the top of our windchimes.|
3. Let them cool completely. You will actually hear cracking as they cool.
4. Once cooled, flip the pans over and pop them out. Some of them needed a bit of help (by hitting the pan) but it wasn't too bad.
The ring was a bit tricky to get out. The rim of the inside can caused a bit of trouble. I ended up having to break the ring to get it off. Note to self: Next time use can without ridge on the rim. Good thing, the ring was easily glued and I even have trouble finding where it was broken.
5. I drilled 6 holes in the ring, equally spaced apart.
6. I decided on a design of 3 strings (little disc, little disc, big disc, little disc) and 3 strings (little disc, little disc, little disc, big disc) that I would alternate.
So I drilled holes into the discs accordingly. The discs that would be at the bottom would only need one hole each, this would be 3 big discs and 3 little. All other discs would get 2 holes (top and bottom), this would be 15 little discs and 3 big.