December 9th

What: Melted hama beads.

Supplies: Hama beads, cookie cutters, baking paper, oil, pencil for dispersing the oil, glue gun or super glue, strings.

Duration: 20 minutes.

How to: Yes! You finally get to melt your kids’ toys! So get going and preheat your oven to 200 degrees (celsius). Cover your cookies cutters in oil. Be thorough! Otherwise the beads will get stuck and then you have to cut them loose, which takes ages and ruins your cutters (I speak from experience, because I got lazy when making the second batch).

Fill the forms up with beads. Make sure you don’t fill them all the way to the top, then the beads might creep over the edge on the wrong side of your form.

Put in the oven for about 5-7 minutes. 

Let cool and remove from the molds. 

I used a glue gun to glue the strings on our melted friends. You can also use super glue.

Find a place to hang them. And you are d-o-n-e.

The story behind it: I was recently introduced to melted hama beads. And what a relief! We have been making loads of traditional hama beads on those boards that come with them. And although it is still a hit at our place, it is refreshing to do something else with the beads. 

So in the oven they went! This appealed a lot to both mine and my daughters “pyromaniac” genes, so it was awesome to see them melt and become distorted.

The 5-yo was pretty stoked during the whole process, but wasn’t feeling my ‘naked branch’-styling. We will put them in the Christmas tree, once we have bought it.

Will you give these melted beads a try?