Rainbow Bead Coasters & Sun Catchers


This is such a fun and simple craft for children (and adults!) that also incorporates fine motor skills.

All you need is:

1. Pony Beads in any variety of colors (the clear colored ones make good sun catchers)

2. Small Cake Pans (4 inch diameter for coasters)


Here are links to products like I used on Amazon:


                                     

Here's the steps.  They're simple to follow.

First, place beads inside the mini cake pans.  You can either place them in a pattern, or just put them all in and fill the bottom.  Either way will work just fine.





Once the mini cake pans are filled (only the bottom layer), then place them in the oven.  I used a toaster oven and it did not need to be preheated.  You could also use a conventional oven.  The temperature is 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.  


Here's what they looked like when I first took them out of the toaster oven.


Once they cool, you can just flip the mini cake pans over and they pop right out.  They are then hard as plastic again and will make excellent coasters or sun catchers, depending on what type of beads you used.