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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Heat Gun Ornaments

So, maybe I need to invest in some new cookie cutter shapes because all we have are Christmas shapes and whenever we use them with Play Doh, Christmas is in the air (which really isn't all that bad if you ask me).  Anyway, the other day my son wanted to use Daddy's heat gun, so we were exploring it together and using it to melt Easter grass - fun.  We made a "birds nest" with that.  Last night before bed we were playing with play doh and the cookie cutters and my son asked if we could make ornaments.  It was near bed time so I assured him we could do it tomorrow (today).  My mind immediately went to THIS post that I saw the other day by The Artful Parent.  I'll have to say that her way (in the oven) is probably easier, but my son wanted to play with the heat gun again, and it only took us a few minutes per ornament.  

What we used:

  • heat gun
  • metal cookie cutters
  • cookie sheet
  • pony beads
  • alphabet beads


**Do this in a ventilated area as the fumes from the melting plastic are pretty strong!**
We did it in the garage, with the door open and a fan blowing on us.

Basically you just put beads in the cutters, heat/melt, wait until cool, and pop them out.

The invitation

Filling the star shape with pony beads


There are some points missing because we didn't use enough beads, but this was HIS work, not mine, and I didn't want to interfere in the process.  I think its pretty cool!

"Cool colors, Mommy!"

The orange one is his "cat", then there is a snowflake and a star.  He decided he wanted to use them to make necklaces (no idea where THAT idea came from).  We plan to put yarn on them later.

We totally plan to do this again in December.  :)



  1. This looks so awesome! Do you have any problem with the beads sticking to the cutters (or the baking sheet)?

  2. Aren't those fumes toxic? Any other ideas for this project? Maybe perler beads? I don't know the level of toxicity in those though either...

  3. IMHO this is a MUCH better idea - in the garage with the door open and a fan blowing - than in the oven where the fumes will fill the house! Good job! :D

  4. We did this with glue last year, but it didn't turn out as well as we had hoped. The glue leaks out of the cookie cutters.

  5. I did this in the oven and failed to think about ventilation. The fumes were horrible and I had the worst headache from it. Outside or in the garage with the door open would be the only way I would do it from now on.


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