Easter Eggs made with Melted Beads

When I first saw this activity at De tout et de rien: Activit├ęs pour le Pr├ęscolaire Joan Bagger I knew we had to try it. 

We thought we'd try making some Easter eggs using the same method of melting the plastic beads. The process is so simple, & produces quick & beautiful results.

To make the eggs we poured a little cooking oil on some kitchen paper & wiped around the inside of an old ovenproof oval shaped dish. Then Minnie added a handful of plastic hama beads & gently pushed them to the sides of the dish, the oil helps hold the beads in place. (We found the beads melted better when there was only one layer added to the sides.)

When the sides & base are covered with beads, place the dish in the oven (200˚C) & monitor continually until the plastic beads have melted together. Remove from the oven & leave to cool slightly before gently prising the plastic away from the sides of the dish.

To make the Easter egg we simply repeated the process to create the other half of the egg.

Perfect for hiding mini Easter eggs...

or how about some homemade soaps...

Of course they make an ideal home too!

This is one of those activities which can be adapted in so many ways, & we've since made bowls & small dishes to share with friends.


  1. That's an awesome idea! I love it! I'll try to find a bowl like yours! :)

  2. So cool. I really want to try melted beads, but I have not looked at the craft store for where I can score some. I don't remember ever doing this as a kid, but seems strange since these have been around forever, right? Yours turned out so cute!

  3. Those are adorable! I love how you hid Easter eggs in them! We are so going to do it! I'm going to pin this too!

  4. This is a beautiful craft. Will be sure to try it today.

  5. This is GENIUS!!!! So pinning it for Easter...

  6. Love love love your melty bead basket! Great idea to make it into Easter Egg baskets. Fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  7. What a fun and neat idea!! A wonderful craft idea and activity to with the little ones!

  8. AWESOME!! These look so great. Would like to invite you to share this with us at Sharing Saturday here...http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/03/sharing-saturday-10.html

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend,