We created these fun salt dough and perler bead Valentine ornaments so we could have a little homemade design in our home this season. Also, it was fun to combine a couple of our favorite things from the past – salt dough ornaments and melted perler beads. I was inspired by a fun snowflake sun catcher garland I found at Homegrown Friends, but I decide to do mine slightly differently. She uses some different materials too, so I encourage you to look back at her tutorial to decide which method is better for you.
The first thing for you to do is mix up your salt dough. Making salt dough is a very simple recipe, and I hope you will check back to find the version I like to use. I always encourage you to have your kids doing the dumping, pouring and mixing.
We baked these on a silicone baking mat, but you can use parchment paper also. This is set in a jelly roll pan, but you can use a baking sheet as well. We would put the heart outline onto the baking sheet, and I would then use the larger heart to reform it and make the hearts consistent in shape and size, as they warp a little bit in the transfer from rolling surface to baking mat.
The next step is to bake. I just did the same amount of time as it says on the recipe. You will bake at 250 for 2-3 hours. Keep your eye on it, and gauge for yourself when you want to pull them out of the oven.
You will add glue to the salt dough portion of your ornament. Then, just sprinkle with glue. The glitter will come off the beads once the outer layer dries. I’ve heard a great glitter trick too to keep glitter from continuing to fall off. After it dries completely, you can add another layer of clear glue or Mod Podge to the top, and it seals in the glitter. GREAT TIP!
The kids had a lot of fun making these, and now we have them as a great decoration for this season. They could also make them for friends. Light does shine though some of the beads when hanging in the window, so that’s another option for display.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!