Melted Bead Craft – Valentine’s Day Wind Chimes

valentine's day craft

This is not a hands off kind of craft. My three year old did the first half with no help and I did the 2nd half of this melted bead craft all by myself. I have been wanting to try melting pony beads since I saw my friend Jean’s post on Artful Parent ages ago. My original idea was to make heart pendants for my daughter’s preschool class. That was a giant craft fail because of the way the beads melted. You could still try that but I didn’t want all these hearts to go to waste so we turned them into heart wind chimes for Valentine’s day.

Gather your materials. You will need plastic beads – we used red pony beads and clear tri-beads. A heart shaped silicone treat pan, ribbon or string, a hot glue gun, scissors, and a stick. melted bead wind chimes

Start by filling your pan with beads. My daughter filled some with all clear, some all red and some a mix.  melted bead wind chimes for valentines dayFilling the hearts was fun for her because she did it independently but she was also working on skills like visual perceptual and fine motor skills as she grabbed the beads and managed to fill but not overfill the cups. valentine's day melted bead craft

Once all the beads were in we were ready to melt, I followed Jean’s instructions for the melting the beads and popped the pan in the oven. She checked on it a few times.melted bead heart craft There were no fumes while melting but when I opened the oven door they were very strong. I was expecting this so I had my windows wide open and the fan on, still it was strong.  If you are sensitive to fumes you could try it on your grill or maybe try a different valentine’s craft. I don’t want anyone surprised by the fumes but do know that they were gone 20 minutes later when my son with the super nose came in and didn’t notice a thing.

When they cooled I popped them out of the pan and immediately noticed that the beads that were against the side melted in a sharp point. Not exactly kid safe for Valentine’s day favors for a bunch of three year old children. heart melted beads I had the hearts in my hand and noticed they made a cool clinking sound and decided that was it, these could make great wind chimes! I grabbed my glue gun, some ribbon and a stick from my garden. heart wind chimes melted beads

To make the chimes – glue the hearts on the ribbon. I tried to get them staggered on the different ribbons. I did 4 ribbons total with 3 or 4 hearts on them. heart wind chimes for valentine's day

Next I wrap the ribbon ends around the stick gluing it down with hot glue. heart windchimes melted beads craft

Finally tie on a final piece to each end of the stick to hang. heart craft melted beads

I love how they look and bring a little love to our front porch and my daughter loves checking on it when she can hear it clink in wind. heart windchimes for valentines day

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  1. Jan says

    One of our PBS kids newsletters last year had melted pony bead bowls in it. We made them for grandparent gifts for Christmas. Super easy, super smelly, and super pointy! I know just what you mean by the sharp pointy edges. We love them but do handle them with care due to the edges and they turned out great as colorful gifts. We dealt with the fumes longer than 20min but our house doesn’t open up to air out very well and it was too frigid out anyway. 🙂 I love how you turned this around to make it work! Btw, my kids have made several of the pink and red collage hearts and have extended the idea to add embellishments. We now have several varieties of valentines to hand out and I’m not sure which they’ll choose for their classroom. Love your blog!

    • Allison McDonald says

      I really debated posting because of the fumes , they can’t be healthy. That was part of the reason I didn’t want to redo it and decided to make the best of the pointy hearts.

      Glad you like the blog – I hope you keep coming back and enjoying it!

  2. says

    I hadn’t thought of just dumping the beads into the mold!! We *very* meticulously arranged ours when we made one last summer! Oyi!! That was a job in itself!! Love how yours turned out! My son has been wanting to make one again ever since… I just haven’t wanted to deal with the smell again!

  3. Nayeli says

    This is such a cute idea! I used to be in school for occupational therapy and for our therapeutic media we did crafts like this. For one of the presentations, one group melted beads like these using an iron. We would put the beads in an already heart shaped mold. Its plastic and you just place the beads in each spot. I forgot what they are called but they sell the packs at the dollar store or walmart. Once the beads were placed in the mold we put a paper that came with the package and put the iron on top to melt the beads. But if someone does this the way you did it maybe try keeping an eye on them when they are cooling and if you see spikes push them down with a toothpick before it hardens?

  4. Shari Kalous says

    Might I suggest lightly spraying the pan with pam? Just a very light coat shouldnt effect the beads melting. However, I am going to try this but have to get a mold first! Ive seent his done with metal cookie cutters as well and they used either spray oil or flour to keep them from sticking. Been a long time and cant find it now so I know it was one or the other. Keep trying and If I find a solution I will let you know!

    • Allison McDonald says

      The smell was only temporary for me but I used a large oven, I wonder if toasting some old bread a few times would absorb the smell a little, I am totally just brainstorming this, it’s not based on any facts or experience.


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