Wednesday, 29 June 2016

How to make Bowls with Beads

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen I have been getting organised for the end of the school year and looking at personal presents for the teachers especially with Summer having 4 teachers, I also think personal presents are so much nicer.

I am not crafty in the slightest so Pinterest came to my rescue, after spending days looking and looking at what I could make with the girls, then I spotted these bowls made out of beads.

After knowing what I was going to do, a trip to Ikea was in order to get the beads, we also looked in Hobby Craft and got some candle holders.

A good friend J came round a couple of days later so we could practice before we did it with the children.  We ended up making two, one that J had to reheat up so we could get it out of the bowl.

What you need to make the bowls:-

  • An oven proof bowl or two
  • A tub of beads
  • Spray oil like fry light

You get your bowl, spray all the way round with the oil, add the beads (I find 3 adult handfuls is enough beads) then you flatten them down so there is only layer.  As you flatten them down you will notice they go up the side of the bowl, the more beads you put in the further up the bowl they go.

Turn your oven to about 200C, depending on what type of bowl you would like depends on how long you leave them in the oven.  If you would like the one on the right you leave it in for 10-15 minutes, if you want one like the left you leave for a further 5 minutes.  I would recommend checking them every few minutes after the initial 10 minutes until you are happy with the look.  Although this doesn't make a burned plastic smell it is best to make sure your room is well ventilated.

Bowl on the left was cooked for approximately 5 minutes longer than the right.
After it is melted enough for you, leave it on the side - not for it to go cold (which we did, which is why we needed to reheat it ... ooops!) While it is still warm but the beads have hardened slightly get something to scrape around the sides, then pull it out of the bowl.  You will find that the bottom of the bowl feels oily so just wash it with warm soapy water.

This is so easy for the children to make, even Summer did it all by herself except for the oven side of it.

Summer making her bowls
Summer making her bead bowl

Since taking these pictures Summer has made a further 3 bowls, Kacy 1, Kira 2 and 2 of their friends have loved them that they have made them here too.

The oil burns on slightly to the oven proof bowls but should be able to be removed with a scourer, however I would recommend using bowls that you are not bothered about if they get ruined.

I hope you all have as much fun as me and the girls have had making these bowls.


  1. These are great - we had lots of fun making them. Thanks for the ideas and tips


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