Simple Sunday Sun Catchers

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I love doing crafts with my kids!  Sometimes these projects are great, sometimes, well, not.  This simply Sunday craft was a total HIT!

Here's what we did:

First gather everything you'll need.  That is pans, plastic beads, a skewer and an oven.  Cooking spray is optional.  I tried this project with and without the cooking spray.  It didn't make any difference.  The melted beads didn't stick to the pan either way.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Because the fumes of melting plastic beads can be pretty nasty, I placed my toaster oven near the open patio door.  I also turned on the ceiling fan.  You don't have to to go extreme measures, but I suggest having good ventilation.

Spray the pan with cooking spray (if you want-you don't have to).  Arrange the beads in the pans in 1 or 2 layers.

Bake in the toaster oven for about 25 minutes or until they are melted and look smooth.

As soon as the sun catchers are out of the oven, use a skewer to make a hole in the soft plastic.

Set the sun catcher aside to cool.  Once its fully cool, turn the pan upside down and pop it out.

We made about 10.  Here are a few.

Problems you can solve:

- Some of the skewer holes closed as the plastic cooked.  Use a drill to make new holes for hanging.
- If a sun catcher are too thin, put it back in its pan, add a layer of clear beads and bake until beads are all melted.

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