Friday, August 19, 2011

CheeryO Bowls


What a fun and cheerful bowl.
Would you like to know how to make one?
It is an easy to do craft.

Items needed:
Plastic hole beads (Perler is one brand)
Oven safe bowls
Cooking Oil


Pour enough oil to coat the bowl, rub the oil with a napkin making sure to go up the sides.
There are two reasons for the oil.
It helps the beads stick to the bowl.
It will help release the finished bowl.

Be looking for a tutorial of the cute finger nails.

Sprinkle the beads into the bowl.
If you want to get creative you can put all of the beads standing up or all on their sides.
There is no wrong way to place the beads.
Make sure to push the beads together so you don't have any open spaces.

Pop in to a pre-heated oven 200 degrees.
Heat until the beads are melted.
There is not a set time.  Each bowl will be different, so check often. 
Once the beads start to melt the entire bowl will start to melt quickly.

The beads will start to look like the picture below, or you may want your beads melted more.


Take out of the oven and let cool.
Once cooled dip into a sink or large bowl of water.
Your colorful bowl will slip right out.
Rinse oil off.
Now enjoy your beautiful bowl.



This is such a fun and easy project with such a cheerful result, why not grab your kids and have fun.

**Update**  The oil will make the bowl a little tacky, so the beads will stick to the sides of the bowl.
As far as the toxic fumes- I recommend you do your own research on this matter.  The beads are made for children to melt with an iron.  I called one bead company and they did not give a comment.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.  ~Mark Twain

58 comments:

  1. Do you insert another bowl on top of the beads in the first bowl? Or how do you get the beads to go up the sides of the bowl? Such a cute idea!

    KK

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  2. That is a great idea! My girls still have a bunch of those laying around but are really not interested in making those little shapes with them anymore. This would be a awesome way to use them up.

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  3. I don't understand how to make the beads stay on the sides of the bowl either. Do you have an image of the completely covered bowl right before you place it into the oven? Thanks. Love the idea. Simple and unique.

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    1. Just take the oil and rub it on the sides. ANd then pull some beads up on the oiled parts.

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  4. No way! How cool! I just always called these beads "melty beads" so I didn't know what you were talking about until I saw the picture. I had only used them for the classic shape with the iron. I'll have to ask my mom if she still has some lying around because this looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing! (I'm totally pinning this!)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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  5. Hi,

    wow this is so cool! What a great idea!

    Greetings Sofieke
    http://knutselen-met-sofieke.blogspot.com/

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  6. That is really cool. Great idea!!!

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  7. what a great idea! Something actually useful with those beads! You can only make so many key chains with them! :o)

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  8. What about toxic fumes from the melting plastic?

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  9. Wow, cute idea - didn't know that was possible! Do you know about which types of plastic to use or are these beads meant for melting? Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. These beads are made for melting they usually come in kits for kids to melt with and iron

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  10. I too am concerned about about toxic fumes from the melting plastic.. Might one find and use glass beads ? I do wonder how to stack them up the sides of the bowl ???

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    1. You would need a lot more than a household range to melt glass beads!!! They are molten when they are made!

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  11. This is such an awesome idea! I have TONS of these beads kicking around my daughter's room! What a great way to use them! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to try this!

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  12. FANTASTIC! My kids LOVE Perler beads and this is a great "new to me " idea. Thanks!

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  13. These are great!!! I have twin nieces that would get a kick out of these. I'll have to grab some of those beads and give these a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. What a fun and clever idea! Never heard of this before. Love it!

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  15. So neat! Thanks for linking up!

    Audra
    thekurtzcorner.com

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  16. This is genius! Great tutorial for a great idea! Also will be looking for the tutorial on your awesome nails! We would love for you to share this at our link up parties, we have one on Tuesday, and one on Sunday. Hope to see you there!
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  17. What a clever idea. The things you learn in Blogland! I'm a new blogger; please stop by and say hello.

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  18. This is so cool! I think a trip to the craft store for beads is in order for tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    And I'm a new follower too!
    ~Katie
    www.punkinheadsanddoodaloos.blogspot.com

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  19. Oooh! What a lovely idea! Thank you for inspiring me!

    http://modjoonthefly.blogspot.com/

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  20. following you now with GFC. Love your bowl. Going to feature it on Friday morning at Bacon Time. Thanks for linking up!

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  21. These are great! I love the fun colors. I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and checked out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Trio!

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  22. I am so loving this idea, so many possibilities!

    I wanted to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here
    http://chameleongirls.blogspot.com/2011/08/cheeryo-bowls.html

    FFC also accepts submissions. Please consider this an invitation to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like. I look forward to seeing what you submit!

    If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  23. What a fun project! I love it.

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  24. That's a great idea, colorful and practical. I also have the concern of toxic fumes. If we use our home oven for this sort of craft, can we use it again for home cooking?

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  25. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these! I will be looking out for beads to make these for sure!
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

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  26. Cute! I love your nails too by the way (o:

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  27. This is AMAZING!! Just found my nieces massive stash of these little beads and gonna give it ago to heat the oven before I bake cakes!

    Genius idea.

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  28. I love these, wish I had some of these beads...

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  29. I love this! Such a cool idea and it totally looks like something you'd pay tons of money for at an art museum or high-end home decor store! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  30. How fun! I just bought some of those beads for my son and we've been making the templates that came with it! How cool to make something like a bowl! He would LOVE that!

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  31. I too, don't understand how you get them up the side.

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  32. This is such a fun idea!!
    You will be featured at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    Stop by and pick up a featured button. I hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  33. I am amazed of the results you got with such an easy way! Who could had ever imagined that it could work! (and not to get sticked forever to the oven bowl). Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  34. You were featured! Check it out :)

    http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/08/link-party-features-no-3.html

    Audra
    thekurtzcorner.com

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  35. Oh my goodness, calm down. The beads are not flaming up into hot gasses which fill your kitchen with toxic fumes. They are made to melt .. at low temperatures like from an iron. You can survive this.

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  36. BUT...no one explained how to get them to stick to the sides of the bowl before entering the oven!

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  37. Yeah, I have just made one! I used a small oven proof base with sloping sides. The small pieces just stayed in place on the sides with the oil! I did it quite rushed but was still pleased with the outcome. I will try this again and spend a little more time making the beads a bit neater. I was a bit sceptical about the plastic pieces staying on the sides but with the sloping ones it worked great for me! Karima :) www.karimascrafts.com

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  38. What a wonderful, colourful project! Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

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  39. Just wanted to let you know- you were featured this week on the Saturday Show-off as the most visted link!!
    http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2011/09/saturday-show-off-link-up-2.html

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  40. Cuteee! Perfect bonding project with my daughter. I'm sure she'll love it. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Hi again, just to let you know I have blogged about the bead bowl I made, mentioning your blog as inspiration, please check out: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2011/11/plastic-bead-bowl-tutorial.html Karima.

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  42. oh my , i did this but am totally displeased cause even though i rubbed oil in de bowl, it is now stuck and am now wondering how to get it out......help.. would re.heating be an idea and then take it out when it is still warm/hot? i let it all cool down before trying to take it out. were did i go wrong :(

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  43. I know I am johnny come lately to the party but wow this is great!! Now I have to keep an eye out at the yard sales for these beads or maybe a clearance sale at the craft stores. My husband will laugh because it will be just one more thing to add to the eclectic style I have going on here now! Once again thanks!! plus these would make great gifts for young teenagers... boys & girls alike!

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  44. Awesome idea!!! love the colors...would I be able to use pony beads instead of perler beads?

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  45. Yours look wonderful. I have made these and did mine in a non stick cake tin. I didn't need to use any oil. I just poured the beads into the base of the tin and then cooked till melted. Then I took it out and once cooled I turned it upside down over a smaller (oven proof) dish and then put back into the oven until it melted over the dish and gave me the 'bowl' shape. By the way Ikea sell these beads at quite a good price. Thanks for the great photos. Joy :)

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  46. I just wanted to add one final comment on safety. I made sure that I had all the windows open and the oven fan on and it was fine safety wise. Joy :)

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  47. Can you use regular plastic beads for this project?? (as in regular kids jewelry beads; not perler beads)

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  48. I was wondering can you use the left over Marti Gra Beads?

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  49. Hummm....I am not sure with Mardi Gras beads. The beads are different, so the melting would not be the same.

    Thinking about using Mardi Gras beads (and we have tons) you could turn a bowl over and Mod Podge them to the outside of the bowl. Once the beads are dry you can pull the bowl out.

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  50. The beads won't melt for me they've been. In the oven for 25 how long is it supposed to bake for?

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    1. It takes awhile because the temp is so low, but you could turn up the heat to 350 (just watch carefully). Best of luck!

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