By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
These fun candy-like dots will be a great addition to your stockpile of crafting supplies–use them as embellishment in your scrapbooking and card making, utilize them for jewelry making, add them to mixed media art pieces, let your kids glue them onto their craft projects; the possibilities for these pretties are endless!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Preheat your oven to 400ᵒF. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange your pony beads, hole side up, on your baking sheet so they are about 1/4-inch apart.
Place your baking sheet of beads in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until beads have totally melted into dots. Do not leave your beads unattended during baking, and check on them frequently! The melting beads will give off a plastic smell, so if you’re sensitive to smells, turn on the oven vent fan or open a window–the smell wasn’t strong enough to bother me. I found that different colored beads melted at different rates, as did different sizes. I had a few beads that, no matter how long I baked them, still had a tiny hole in the middle. Let your beads cool completely before handling. That’s it! That’s all you have to do to have a whole bunch of beautiful dots for your crafting stash!
I love these dots! I BIG, puffy-red-heart these dots! I want to make huge amounts of them, glue them to everything I craft, cover my house with them, I want to dive into a swimming pool full of them–I. Adore. Them! They’re so pretty to look at, and so much fun to use! I glued them onto earring posts to make cute new earrings. I have plans to glue them onto the ends of bobby pins for a fun new hair accessory. I used different sizes of pony beads to create dots in a whole range of sizes. The opaque pony beads make dots that look like button candies, and melting the transparent pony beads will result in dots that look like drops of liquid. Try all sorts of pony beads!
I stuck a whole bunch of dots onto a painting I just finished, and I love the texture that they add.
So, get some pony beads, fire up your oven, and make yourself a whole slew of colorful dots! What else could you use these pretties for?