Our family makes a new Christmas ornament every year for our tree. I'll share some of the ones we've made in the past later, but today I want to focus on our new ones. These adorable ornaments turned out so much better than I anticipated and I absolutely love them. They were super simple to make and look fabulous hanging on our tree. The kids had so much fun making them too! Here's how you make them:
What you'll need:
a baking sheet
metal cookie cutters
string/yarn/ribbon for hanging
1. Preheat your oven to 400F
2. Sort out your perler beads into the colours you're going to want to use.
3. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and place your metal cookie cutters on top.
4. Fill your metal ornaments in a single layer with perler beads. You want them to just be in a single layer so they melt evenly. No overlapping! I helped the kids with the tougher details - like the snowman's eyes, nose and buttons, but they basically did the rest all themselves.
5. Place the baking sheet in the oven at 400F for 10 minutes. This will melt the beads enough that they stick together/stick to the sides of the ornaments, but not melt them completely.
6. Take them out of the oven and let cool completely.
7. Remove from the parchment paper - they should remove very easily once cooled - and string a piece of yarn/ribbon/string through one of the holes to hang from the tree.
8. If you're making a lot of these, you'll want to write your kids name and date on the back!
TIPS - We made these ornaments with 2 different types of metal cutters. In the type I showed you, the beads stuck firmly to the sides of the cookie cutter - which is exactly what I wanted. The other metal kind was a painted/coated metal type and when I tried to take them off the baking sheet, the cutter separated from the beads. That wasn't the look I was going for, although it still was pretty. If this happens to you and you don't like the look, just simply glue the beads back onto the cookie cutters. I can't say for sure why the beads stick to some cookie cutters and not others. All I can say is experiment and see what works for you! For us, it was the silver metal cookie cutters that worked, and the paint-coated metal cutters didn't.
Here are some more pictures of our beautiful ornaments:
These are mine:
Even the backs are pretty!
Here are Kirsten's:
And here are Camden's:
And here are my goofy kiddos with their favourite ornaments:
Here are the perler beads I used to make these: