These gorgeous Perler bead bowls are a craft for kids that is easy and mess-free. If you are looking for a fun activity that yields a useful product, I think you will love making these bowls with your children.
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Plastic Perler Bead Bowls
When my kids were little, they loved making these beautiful bowls. They fell in love with them. Don’t they just look like a piece of art?
The Perler bead bowls are easy to create, but they become useful because the DIY bowls are a great place for kids to store all of their trinkets.
From coins to jewelry, kids will love placing their items into their homemade Perler bead bowls.
Materials Needed to Make Plastic Perler Bead Bowls
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How to Make a Homemade Plastic Perler Bead Bowl
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray a layer of cooking spray in your oven-safe bowl.
- Take a bunch of Perler beads and drop them in the bowl.
- Once you have a few handfuls in there, start to push them down so they form one single layer. As you push them into place, the beads will begin to climb up the sides of the bowl.
- Add more if you want a taller bowl – just make sure they are all a single layer.
- Once the Perler beads are pushed down, bake them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes.
- Keep a watchful eye on the bowl to make sure the beads are melted together and adhere to one another but don’t melt too much.
Note: Some might be concerned about the smell and dangers of melting plastic in a home. I get it. I can say that the smell wasn’t bad, and I just had a small whiff of plastic as I opened the oven. However, if you are concerned about the chemicals released by melting Perler beads, a good alternative is to do the activity in the BBQ outside. Simply make sure the BBQ is turned to 375 and allow to cook for the 12-14 minutes suggested, checking at 10 minutes and again at 12-14.
Video Tutorial that Teaches How to Make a Perler Bead Bowl
I am a visual learner, and I want to make all of my crafts and activities easily accessible to all kinds of learners. Below is a video tutorial for those who would find it helpful.
Note: This post was originally written in 2012. It was updated for better formatting, some new pictures, and a video tutorial.
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