To Honor this Memorial Day, my twin 4 year old boys and my 18 month old son helped me to make sun catcher pins to gift and honor their grandpa with. Their grandpa is a retired Master Sergeant veteran from the United States Air Force. My sons also made enough for our whole family to wear to honor our military everywhere on this day.
- Pony Beads ( in this case, red, white and blue.)
- A medium size cup cake pan: for a window suncatcher
- A small cupcake pan: for pins to wear
Line your beads in a single layer in the bottom of the cupcake pan.
To make the medium size sun catcher to be able to hang, I took a small piece of wire and twisted it into a loop and placed it in the cup cake hole before the other beads. That way the beads would melts around the wire and make a strong hold.
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F. for about 25 minutes.
Let cool and they pop right out very cleanly!
They made great pins and sun catchers!
Okay. Truth time now. Yes these turned out beautifully! But with some great disappointments from my end and somethings that I learned not to do again. Trial and error learner here remember?
- I decided I didn’t want to glue on the pins to the back of my melted beads, so I carefully pushed my pins into the half melted beads so that the plastic would melt around it.
- It worked fabulously! Downfall: the pins I used, you have to twist a little to get the pokey end in and stay. Unfortunately the plastic melted into that part and now I had unusable beautiful pins.
How I fixed it?
I cut as much of the pins off the back as I could with cutting pliers and hot glued another pin to the back. Should’ve just glued it in the first place! I also put hot glue over the little metal spots on the back I couldn’t cut off so it was nice and smooth and not jagged.
- Also, I pushed my pins too far down into the melted beads so that it was showing a little bit. Normally I’d be disappointed, but in this case (as my husband pointed out) it made it look like a Twin Tower. So for this memorials day, it’s a win for me!
So I hope you learn from my mistakes, or make them on purpose, and hope you have fun!